Ralph Lauren, wearing jeans and cowboy boots, presented Vera Wang with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Council of Fashion Designers at its star-studded awards show Monday night at Lincoln Center.
“To all the women and men I have dressed, thank you for your trust,” she said during her acceptance speech.
There’s rarely a Hollywood event or an A-list wedding where Wang’s name doesn’t come up. You probably couldn’t go into a shopping mall without seeing it, either.
Her hit parade includes the lavender skirt actress Sharon Stone paired with a Gap shirt at the Oscars in 1998, Chelsea Clinton’s crystal-waistband wedding gown in 2010 and the rose-printed gray jacquard chiffon blouse and evening robe worn with gray rose-printed pants that closed her last catwalk show at New York Fashion Week.
She has a lower-priced line at Kohl’s and another one at David’s Bridal. She’s developed a fragrance business and home-goods collection. And she has branded FTD flower bouquets.
In an email to The Associated Press ahead of the CFDA ceremony, Lauren wrote that when “Vera Wang came to work for me over 23 years ago I saw a unique young woman filled with a rare passion for fashion. In all the years since, I have watched her drive, dedication and talent shape an entire world inspired by her own life—first as a bride, then as a wife and mother, but always as a strong and beautiful woman.”