GENUINE AUTHENTIC: THE REAL LIFE OF RALPH LAUREN (2014) Before the polo and ponies, before the landed-gentryesque ad campaigns, before the red-carpet partnerships with Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow, Ralph Lauren was little Ralphie… Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

GENUINE AUTHENTIC: THE REAL LIFE OF RALPH LAUREN (2014)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

Before the polo and ponies, before the landed-gentryesque ad campaigns, before the red-carpet partnerships with Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow, Ralph Lauren was little Ralphie Lifshitz from a modest section of the Bronx. And it would have been easy for Gross to regurgitate the oft-repeated -- and simplistic -- claim that Lauren forswore his Jewish heritage in favor of the WASPy lifestyle his clothing represents. Instead, Gross, who Lauren originally tapped to write an authorized bio before withdrawing cooperation, offers a dishy (think scandalous affairs and control-freakish tantrums) yet balanced portrait of a man who started out as a tie salesman and went on to head a billion-dollar fashion empire.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints