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Oprah Winfrey and Ralph Lauren: Ranch Life

The designer opened up about a variety of topics, from his early, humble beginnings to the pressure of designing a perfect wedding gown for his daughter Dylan.

Oprah Winfrey chose a perfect outfit for the hour-long interview with Ralph Lauren that aired on ABC on Wednesday. The turquoise cable-knit sweater, blue jeans and cowboy boots seemed right at home at the Laurens’ RRL Ranch in Telluride, Colo., where Lauren opened up about a variety of topics, from his early, humble beginnings to his rise to the top of the fashion world and the pressure of designing a perfect wedding gown for his daughter Dylan, who is getting married next month. When Winfrey asked how he came up with the brand name Polo, “I couldn’t call it basketball,” he said. “I like sports. Polo represented an international sport. It was a little more sophisticated.” The interview made clear how Winfrey and Lauren shared the American dream — Winfrey recalled the first time she bought Polo towels and how that moment made her feel like she had made it. Lauren, for his part, compared himself to every other American with the same goals, and when he is traveling abroad, he feels like an ambassador for his home country. “I am not President Obama, but I am his assistant,’ he said.

When Winfrey asked the children how they realized their father was the fashion icon, it didn’t take Andrew Lauren long to respond. “As soon as my friends all asked for discounts,” he said.

As for Dylan Lauren’s gown, her father created several sketches, which he showed to both the bride-to-be and her mother. He said he wanted to do something that was better than anything he had ever designed before, and while the actual gown wasn’t revealed, Dylan Lauren already knows she is one happy customer: “I may not take it off after the wedding.”

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