Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Ralph Lauren's life goes on center stage

TV host Oprah Winfrey hosts an one-time only live one-on-one interview with fashion designer Ralph Lauren.


NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - Two American icons shared the stage last night (October 24) in New York to help raise money for cancer care and research.


Talk show host Oprah Winfrey hosted a rare one-time conversation with fashion designer Ralph Lauren to benefit The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Stars from the fashion world and Hollywood all came out to learn a little bit more about the man behind the iconic brand. Lauren's oldest son Andrew said the night held great significance.


"A lot of people know the brand, they know Ralph Lauren the name. But I think to really get to know the person is important and it's important for his legacy," said Andrew.


Winfrey hosted the personal, yet intimate conversation at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.


"I think Ralph Lauren has really been a leader in global fashion and I think seeing him at Lincoln Center puts fashion on a new stage and I think it's where he belongs," said David, Lauren's youngest son.


Over 20 years ago the U.S. designer made a personal and professional commitment to help find a cure for breast cancer. He started by helping to establish the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC and went on to design the first "target" logo for the Council of Fashion Designers of Americas successful "Fashion Targets Breast Cancer" international awareness campaign.


"Ralph Lauren's been very instrumental and donated a huge amount to support this center that is about preventing cancer and treating people who don't have the financial aid or needs," said actress Naomi Watts.


In 2003, he partnered with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and established The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, a hospital-based cancer treatment facility in Harlem, New York. The facility provides education, screening and diagnostic services for breast and other cancers tailored to meet the specific needs of the Harlem community.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world's largest performing arts center, will also benefit from funds raised by the exclusive event.