Not many 73-year-olds can pull off leather, distressed denim and a formal tuxedo -- much less all at once. But Ralph Lauren, who celebrates his 73rd birthday on October 14, is not your average septuagenarian.

Ralph Lauren, or rather Ralph Lifschitz, was born in the Bronx. But even from an early age you would've thought the designer was from Wyoming, Montana or somewhere else with big skies, cattle to wrangle and horses to ride. Americana, it seems, was in his blood.

By the 1970s Lauren was already dressing in his classic West-meets-East signature style: think leather boots, denim jackets and plaid offset by jaunty vests, dramatic tuxedo jackets and slick turtlenecks. Certain styles shifted over the years (waistbands getting higher or lower, etc) but the essential look has remained the same: Western grit, East Coast prep and that signature tanned face and white hair.

Times may change but you can always count on some things -- including Lauren's commitment to Americana style -- to stay the same. In honor of the designer's 73rd birthday, here's a look back at his evolving fashion.

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  • '70s

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  • '70s

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  • October 1994

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  • September 1996 with Princess Diana & Anna Wintour

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  • March 1997

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  • July 1998 with Bill and Hillary Clinton

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  • February 1999

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  • September 1999

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  • October 2001 with daughter Dylan and wife Ricky

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  • August 2002 with wife Ricky

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  • October 2002 with wife Ricky

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  • October 2002

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  • October 2002 with wife Ricky

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  • February 2004

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  • June 2004

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  • June 2004 with Donna Karan

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  • September 2004

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  • September 2005 with daughter Dylan

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  • February 2007

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  • August 2007 with sons Andrew and David

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  • June 2007 with Oprah

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  • October 2007

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  • November 2007

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  • February 2008

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  • April 2008 with wife Ricky

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  • September 2008

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  • February 2009

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  • June 2009 with wife Ricky

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  • September 2009

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  • September 2010

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  • March 2012

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  • September 2012

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  • Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear NYFW

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