In front polo shirts and preppy clothing, Ralph Lauren had one firm love: cars. As the Bronx-raised son of Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, the conspirator pined for petrol-guzzling monsters in his youth, only to amass one of the myriad sensational private car collections in the world. And yesterday, the world got a look at his sub rosa collection at his latest fashion show.
The 77-year-old unveiled his belated collection for New York Fashion Week at his personal garage, arranging beautiful people amongst very beautiful cars – something that’s able to extend interest past the usual front row fixtures.
Lauren’s assemblage – cars, not clothes – is one of the biggest held anywhere in the world. It catalogues a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, two Ferrari Testarossas (greedy), a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre and a rare Lamborghini Reventón Roadster. Now, our Ralph is a unafraid man to let the drunken (and likely malnourished) fashion press saunter thither such expensive wheels, but we’re sure glad he did. Get a fast and fierce fix below. And the clothes weren’t half bad, either.