Ralph Lauren tempted the fashion pack back to Paris last night to celebrate his patronage of the city’s L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
The legendary designer arrived with his family in tow – wife Ricky, sons David and Andrew and daughter Dylan – to host a viewing of his autumn/winter 2013 collection, followed by a black-tie dinner.
Guests including Princess Charlene of Monaco and Catherine Deneuve were naturally dressed in their Ralph Lauren finest, with the label’s elegant floor-length gowns proving the evening’s most favoured choice.
The night celebrated the label’s commitment to the restoration of the Parisian arts school. “I have always believed in preserving places that inform our history and culture,” Lauren explained. “When I understood the Ecole des Beaux Arts needed renovation I was moved to help the artists, students and all creative people to safeguard their environments.”
The black-tie dinner, which celebrated Ralph Lauren’s patron sponsorship and commitment to a two-year restoration of Paris’s L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
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Ralph Lauren Corporation (NUSE: RL) pledges its commitment to help restore the elite École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, one of the world’s oldest and most influential, and most beautiful art schools.
Founded in 1648, the school has been a breeding ground for exceptional artistic talent ever since, with illustrious alumni including Renoir, Degas, Monet and Matisse.
Ralph Lauren will dedicate funding for a two-year project that will oversee the restoration and modernisation of the listed building, as part of a broader Beaux-Arts preservation campaign.
In keeping with brining the institution’s teaching capabilities into the 21st century, while also preserving the classical Beaux-Arts style for future generations, Ralph Lauren will be restoring the Amphiteatre d’honneur, the semi-circular lecture theatre at the heart of the school. The theatre will be fully updated to include state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and improve stadium seating.
Money will also be used to modernize the school’s website with a series of digital content providing global audiences with access to a multitude of conferences, workshops, symposiums and new online classes, placing the institution at the forefront
of the contemporary art world.
The corporation has a rich connection with French heritage and a long standing commitment to philanthropy with a love of Paris. To celebrate the patron sponsorship, the brand will host an exclusive gala dinner in the picturesque courtyard surrounding the
L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in the coming weeks. The event will also feature a special presentation of the Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 Collection, the first time the designer has showcased outside of the US.
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