Ralph Lauren shocked the fashion industry on Tuesday (Sept. 29) when he announced that he is stepping down as CEO of his eponymous label. The style maestro has been an unstoppable sartorial force for more than four decades, delivering collection upon collection of memorable creations. For years now, A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz and, most recently, the Duchess of Cambridge having been flocking to the Bronx native for the perfect garments to steal the show at red-carpet and high-profile events.
We take a look at the 10 most iconic red-carpet ensembles of in his career - and the celebrities who wore them!
When an actress wins her first Academy Award, her achievement is instantly embedded in history, as is the gown she wore to accept the prize. Who can forget the pale-pink taffeta Ralph Lauren creation with plunging neckline and full-bodied skirt in which Gwyneth Paltrow floated up the stairs to claim her prize in 1999? The Grace Kelly-inspired gown is forever an iconic red-carpet moment and raised the bar for future Oscar parades.
Even though this will be the first time in the company's history where Ralph won't be CEO of his brand, the designer is far from fully retiring, meaning more unforgettable A-list moments are sure to delight in the future. The 75-year-old will stay on at the label not only as an executive chairman, but also as the head of Ralph Lauren's design team. "I am here, and I am not leaving," said Ralph in a statement. "Stefan is coming to the company because I really believe he's going to be an interesting addition.”