Kanye West met his idol Ralph Lauren on Thursday morning(Feb. 19), during the designer’s Fall 2015 show at New York Fashion Week.
Lauren’s son, David Lauren, snapped a priceless photo of Ye meeting the fashion icon backstage, and the rapper displaying a rare smile as Ralph touched his face. “An endearing backstage moment w #kanyewest and #ralphlauren,” David wrote in the caption.
Kanye’s admiration for Ralph Lauren is no secret. He expressed this to Style.com this week, saying, “Ralph is the god. And that’s all I want to say about Ralph.”
During a 2013 interview, Kanye infamously name-dropped the designer when Sway Calloway compared his lesser attempts in fashion to his, saying: “It ain’t Ralph, though! It ain’t Ralph level.”
This line spread across the Internet, and even got back to Ralph Lauren himself, who was flattered. “That’s very cool. Well, that’s great,” he told Style.com. “If I were to cater to Kanye, he would know that I’m catering to him. The fact that I make what I make — he gets it. He gets the quality and he respects it. And I think that’s the key, why I work all the time is to do that. That’s the fun.”