Flashback: Ralph Lauren's 5 Best Runway Moments in the Past 5 Years

New York Fashion Week Spring 2008, Ralph Lauren
(ImaxTree)more pics »No fashion designer more embodies all-American style and the American dream than Ralph Lauren. Just his name conjures up images of crisp khakis, yacht lounging and horseback riding. His fashion shows are as grandiose as the brand itself, each year outdoing the last with fresh—yet enduring—designs.

Check out five of our favorite flashbacks and tell us if there are any unforgettable RL runway memories we missed!

1. Spring 2008: The Grand Anniversary

New York Fashion Week Spring 2008, Ralph Lauren(Imax Tree)
For his 40th anniversary, the designer combined his fashion show with a dinner party for 400. VIP attendees included Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert De Niro with fellow legendary designers Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan and Diane Von Furstenberg. The show closed with Ralph strolling out on the runway to Frank Sinatra's "The Best Is Yet to Come."

2. Spring 2010: Newsgirls


(Imax Tree)The recession put a cloud over many designer's collections, making a splashy show seem insensitive. Ralph catered to the disheartening times with an ode to American resilience. "Working clothes" like worn-in overalls and navy blazers topped off by newsboy caps took to the runway.

3. Spring 2009: Indiana Jones

New York Fashion Week Spring 2009, Ralph Lauren(Imax Tree)
That's right, you're seeing gold sequined harem pants on a Ralph Lauren runway. The designer took his show to North Africa with adventure-seeking safari ensembles in luxurious fabrics with turbans and walker hats accessorizing the models' heads.

4. Fall 2011: Red Lips


(Imax Tree) While we loved the streamlined silky black numbers that dominated the Fall 2011 collection, it was the unifying red lip that was particularly breathtaking. Sexy, powerful, classic, just like the brand.

5. Spring 2012: Art Deco Delight

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, Ralph Lauren(Imax Tree)Spring 2012 was all about Art Deco glitz! Ralph Lauren went wholeheartedly Great Gatsby with croquet-ready cloche-wearing ladies followed by resplendent silver beaded gowns. Gorgeous doesn't quite do it justice.
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