'Sometimes, if I paid attention to it, it was difficult'
American designer Ralph Lauren considers himself a private person, so giving cameras access to his life and fashion empire for the upcoming HBO documentary Very Ralph was occasionally challenging.
“Sometimes, if I paid attention to it, it was difficult,” Lauren said in an interview with Reuters. “But I tried to ignore it.”
The documentary, which chronicles Lauren’s life from his childhood days in the Bronx to opening stand-alone stores worldwide, made its debut at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday, attended by a who’s who in the worlds of fashion and entertainment.
On hand to pay tribute to Lauren, who serves as executive chairman and chief creative of Ralph Lauren, were Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, models Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss, Ansel Elgort, Michael J Fox, and fellow designer Vera Wang.
Produced and directed by Susan Lacy, the documentary features archival footage from the fashion brand as well as interviews with Lauren’s family and the likes of Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and Naomi Campbell. It also includes home videos that show a playful Lauren, dancing and playing basketball with his kids.
“I choked up a little bit,” Lauren said. “It’s emotional to see your children when they’re little, (and then) see them growing up.”
Asked what he wants people to take away from the documentary, Lauren said “I want people to feel that they can do things, to come from nowhere, to stick to your guns and believe that you can be good and to see that others have done it and you can too.”