Ralph Lauren is headed for Paris.
The designer, whose name is synonymous with Americana, is staging a runway show in the city of light come fall, WWD is reporting. But don't worry--Lauren isn't skipping over New York fashion week: He'll debut his spring 2014 collection on September 12 in New York, as usual, before showing his current fall 2013 collection in Paris on October 8 at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, following Paris fashion week.
After the show, Lauren will host a gala dinner at the school's courtyard. The special event is part of Lauren's campaign to restore Paris' École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. The designer recently committed to two years--and, according to market sources, several millions of dollars--to help restore and modernize the fine arts school.
The designer has a long and storied love affair with Paris. He staged an exhibition of his vintage cars in the city in 2011, saying at the time, "It’s exciting to come here and bring my style and my flair. Paris has been very receptive."
The feeling is mutual. In 2010, then-president Nicolas Sarkozy decorated the designer as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.