Ralph Lauren will be awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal at an event in Washington, D.C., that will include a naturalization ceremony, where 15 people will take their oath of allegiance to become U.S. citizens.
The ceremony, which will include political dignitaries and constituents from the Smithsonian Institution, will take place in June. A date has yet to be determined.
The medal recognizes Lauren’s lifetime contributions to American entrepreneurship, artistry, creativity and vision. Lauren played a leadership role in the preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The flag, which inspired the national anthem, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
In 1998, Lauren donated $13 million as part of the kickoff to the Save America’s Treasures campaign. The flag was the signature project of the campaign. The process of conserving the flag began in 1998 and was completed in 2006. The goal was to stabilize the original fabric and clean the flag to preserve the original design; the flag was not preserved to look like new.
The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal was established in 1965 to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Smithson, founder of the Smithsonian Institution. Smithson died in 1829. Lauren will be the 70th recipient since 1990. Past recipients have included Clint Eastwood, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steven Spielberg, Jim Henson, George Lucas, Dale Chihuly, Julia Child, Jacques Cousteau, Walter Cronkite, Rosemary Clooney, Hal Roach, Lady Bird Johnson, Tito Puente and Robert Redford.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia