Lincoln Center Encore
Oprah Winfrey and Ralph Lauren Reunite for Charity
Before sitting down in the hot seat next to Oprah Winfrey last night for his second time this year, Ralph Lauren admitted to Style.com, "I don't know what she's going to ask, but if I can't answer, I'm going to run."
"What is she going to ask?" was the big question at the Alice Tully Hall event, which raised over $7 million for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. Oprah already gave the world a glimpse into the life of one of America's most iconic designers with her television special in May, when she visited the Lauren family's sprawling Colorado ranch.
"It happened to be my brother Andrew's birthday when she was there, and even after the cameras were turned off, she was having cake with us and I could've sworn she was my Aunt Oprah," recalled David Lauren. "Oprah is Oprah and she has the magic touch," he continued. "She can take someone even as private as my father and make him feel very comfortable in front of a few thousand people."
Among the crowd gathered at Lincoln Center were Barbara Walters, Bruce Weber, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Jessica Alba, and Kerry Washington. Upon receiving a standing ovation, Lauren said, "This feels good. I'd like to walk out on the stage and do it again."
The designer was full of jokes as the two icons and old friends discussed his career. "How do you keep reinventing after over 40 years?" Oprah asked. "You copy—that's why I am still here, Oprah," he responded, drawing roars of laughter from the crowd. Afterward, he conceded, "After doing this all this time, my hands still get sweaty before a show." Lucky for him, the evening's fashion show was a redo of his Spring 2012 presentation.