“Your designs define an unwavering integrity, and that is why we are here tonight.” This was Oprah Winfrey’s moving message to Ralph Lauren, who is celebrating 50 years in business, a historic anniversary commemorating the father of American sportswear and a brand as iconic as Coca-Cola. The anniversary show featured the iconic looks that have made the brand great over the decades, from military style outerwear to checked flannel shirts over fluid velvet dresses, from embroidered sweaters, one bearing the designer’s image, to tweed tailoring and deluxe patchwork for evening wear. The details, opulent, sparkling baroque jewellery and big western belts, wide-brimmed hats and knit beanies, all spoke of insurmountable American style.