John B. Fairchild, Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta.

The date: Oct. 1, 1991. The place: WWD’s then-new offices in Manhattan. There, three icons of American fashion — John B. Fairchild, chairman and editorial director of Fairchild Publications; Ralph Lauren, and Oscar de la Renta — mingled in mutual admiration. Mr. Fairchild always admired Lauren as “an American original,” once saying in his typically opinionated fashion: “If you say, ‘Who is the designer? Who is the most recognized in the entire world?’ it would be Ralph Lauren and his man on the polo pony.”

This story first appeared in the October 26, 2016 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.