Ralph Lauren honoured for his environmental work
Ralph Lauren was honoured for his environmental work at an event in New York.
The designer was lauded alongside Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio at the Riverkeeper’s 50th annual Fishermen's Ball, a glamorous fundraising event held at Pier Sixty in New York.
Lauren was presented with the Big Fish award by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for incorporating green practices into his business and for his support for causes that protect the environment.
Dressed in his signature uniform of navy blazer, tie, and jeans, Lauren, attended with wife Ricky, son David and daughter-in-law Lauren Bush Lauren
"I’m a New Yorker. I was born here. I was married here. I raised my children here... And almost 50 years ago I started my company here," he told WWD.
"The Hudson is my river. It’s our river. And like many of us who grew up with it, I often take if for granted... Everything I’ve done in my life was inspired by people like (the Riverkeeper). People like Bobby (Kennedy) and the Waterkeeper, bold, unselfish and with an extraordinary vision," he said in his acceptance speech.
The 76-year-old designer, had flown in earlier in the day from London, where he opened The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research on Tuesday (17May), to attend the gala that raised more than $1.6 million for the environmental organisation dedicated to keeping the Hudson River’s water safe, swimmable and drinkable.
Lauren vowed to continue his environmental work and stressed that the work was not done.
"Next year our company, like Riverkeeper, celebrates its 50th anniversary. We have accomplished much to make our workplace and the products we create environmentally sound. We recognise that we have much more to do in our future and we’re committed to this endeavour," he promised.
At the event Lauren pledged $100,000 to Riverkeeper and fellow honouree DiCaprio, who had flown in from Cannes promised to match it through a grant from his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Paying tribute to the quintessential American designer, he praised Lauren from the stage: "I’m basically just following in your footsteps."
The event was also attended by Robert De Niro, another honouree, and featured a performance by Sting of hits Message in a Bottle and Every Breath You Take and The River, chosen to fit the night's theme.