As I’m sure many of you are aware, the fashion world lost one a great man. Regarded by many as a friend, mentor, and an inspiration. He was someone who took pleasure in his designs — and the women who wore them — up until the very end of his life. That is how fashion world notables recalled Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82.
Born in Santa Domingo in 1932 to a wealthy family, De la Renta was an immigrant whose name become synonymous with the American upper class. The youngest of seven brothers, he arrived in the US via Madrid and Paris, where he had worked for Cristóbal Balenciaga, Lanvin and Balmain. The money his father sent him while he was in Spain he spent on fancy clothes and “senorita” suits. He remained joyously and impeccably dapper – three-piece suits with starched collars to entertain influential friends at his various holiday homes – until his death. His close friendships with the women of the White House and the fact that his label represents American society (in the way that big gowns and Upper East Side skirt suits just do) underlines his journey as the designer who arrived and made it big.
Though he had been sick with cancer for almost eight years, De la Renta’s business had been booming – it grew by 50% in the last decade. His frothy, feminine, highly photogenic gowns continued to rule the Oscars – from Cameron Diaz in shimmering gold in 2010 to Amy Adams in dove-grey ruffles in 2013. Even more recently, De la Renta enjoyed publicity his competitors could only have dreamed of when human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin wore a lace, ivory dress for her spectacular wedding to actor George Clooney. It was this month, too, that Michelle Obama – who had previously broken with White House tradition by declining to wear the designer’s work for seven years – finally wore a De la Renta cocktail dress. The choice was perceived by some commentators as a goodwill nod to the brand and its history.
The designer’s work became relevant to a wider audience thanks to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. She spoke of “Oscar’s” dresses in hushed, reverential whispers. But the high point of the romance came in season six when Carrie’s Russian lover buys her a hot-pink cocktail dress by the designer, with a tight shell top and a cropped debutant full skirt, which she ends up wearing to McDonald’s, dancing and eating fries. It became a small-screen sartorial cult moment. It wasn’t the only time De la Renta was name-checked in recent pop culture. In the notable The Devil Wears Prada speech, when fictional editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly explains to her assistant the fashion food chain and why she is wearing a blue Gap jumper, she namechecked De la Renta’s 2002 collection of cerulean gowns. Meanwhile, in real life, Sarah Jessica Parker was a regular exponent of the brand on the red carpet.
Epitomising femininity and elegance, there will never be another Oscar De La Renta. His design legacy now lays in the hands of Peter Copping, who was announced as creative director of Oscar De la Renta earlier this month.
May he rest in peace….
This Autumn has been amazing. The weather has given us plenty of sunshine, and best of all the cold weather has been kept at bay. This weekend the weather was very warm for an October’s day, so I took full advantage of it and got out one of my favourite summer dresses.
As they say, Enjoy it while it lasts.
Aqua’s song Barbie Girl, immediately sprang to mind when I saw Moschino’s Barbie inspired collection. It was pinktastic, in all its glory, fit for any princess. Jeremy Scott’s whimsical collection is sure to be hit on the streets, after all what girl didn’t love Barbie when they were a child? As adult I still adore her, and now I have an excuse to dress like her! :)
Inspired by the iconic doll, the 28-piece edit comprises T-shirts, sweaters, bags and headbands – not to mention a mirrored iPhone cover that allows you to do a quick make-up check before you take a selfie for Instagram.
Do you wanna go for a ride?
Jump in…I’m a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
Come on Barbie, let’s go party!I’m a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creationI’m a blond bimbo girl, in a fantasy world
Dress me up, make it tight, I’m your dolly
You’re my doll, rock’n’roll, feel the glamour in pink,
Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky…
You can touch, you can play, if you say: “I’m always yours”
“Dolce, Dolce, Dolce, all the Italian I need to know”, said Carrie Bradshaw in an episode of Sex And The City. And in the language of fashion it certainly is.
This was taken during Milan Fashion Week, and I will be rounding up all the highlights from Milan and Paris Fashion Week very soon.
Ciao for now!
Jacket and Jeans, Zara; Top, Jospeh; Bag, Moschino; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti
Todays look was quite casual, I wore patterned jeans, with an embroider satin bomber jacket. I also rocked a ponytail with a red lip again, teaming it once again with the infamous Zanotti boots, and Moschino bag.
Final day of fashion week, and for a change I was at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden to see the latest collection from Spanish designer, Emilio De La Morena. I also sat opposite style icon, Ms. Olivia Palermo.
If you look closely you can see me sitting 2nd row on the right hand side of the pictures :)
Never a dull moment, the collection featured a kaleidoscope of colours from copper tones, pastel pink and coral orange to an array of metallic; the models certainly lit up the runway in the vibrant SS15 pieces. Drawing influence from ‘the glamour and energy of Ibiza in the eighties’, with corsetry being key to the collection. Frequent use of pattern and mermaid inspired looks were injected into the collection. The Spanish designer created a versatile collection, full of vibrant coloured spring/summer designs fit for every occasion.
I skipped Day 2 of LFW, due a rather unfortunate incident in my Zanotti’s. We’ll say no more.
On Day 3 I went to the very wearable Marios Schwab SS15 show. The collection took inspiration from the composed light across architectural landscapes, with visually sculptural yet fluid in movement. Further inspiration was taken from Marios Swhwab’s Greek routes, with patterns resembling traditional Greek infrastructure and Grecian goddess style choker necklaces. Form-fitting tailoring with asymmetric hemlines were the standout style, with embellished, sheer dresses mixing textures and patterns. Photo print dresses where ancient Greek statues meet Grecian column dresses, with the press notes appropriately referring to the patterns as “Herculaneum”.
A distinct vibe of urban elegance, the collection is perfect for the style-conscious woman always on the move.
Day 1 was perhaps my busiest day at Fashion Week. I was a little late rising, and was having some what of a bad hair day, so based my outfit around that. I grabbed my Moschino cap and bag, then simply wore a black leather skirt, and t-shirt, and tottered around Somerset House in my Giuseppe Zanotti heels.
Kicking off London Fashion Week was J.JS Lee. There was plenty of Lee’s signature sporty tailoring on offer – modern polo shirts, sweatshirts and tennis-style dresses – demonstrating perfectly what she does so well season after season: beautifully wearable clothes. There are always classic shapes and styles on offer in her collections, but with the modern twist of an unexpected fabric or an unusual cut.
Mullet hems – that’s skirts that are longer at the back than at the front – played a big part, and appeared on capes, too. The colour palette was mostly neutral, save for a flash of lime green or peach here and there. We were particularly taken with the navy tailoring that had a pop of colour at a jaunty angle. This theme of angles, and curves as well, continued throughout, manifesting in square motifs with a circle inside and perhaps most cleverly, almond toed shoes with squared off soles.
The next show I went to was Bora Aksu. For the first half of the show we saw beautifully crafted dresses and two-piece sets which were a safe choice of Spring / Summer nudes and white hues. The designs are all very fitting with the inspiration Bora Aksu drew on for this collection – Marie Taglioni. Marie was a famous ballerina, the first to dance ‘en pointe’ to be precise. This collection portrays her rise to fame as such, and the trials and tribulations she faced.
Whilst referencing the classic ballerina tones of peach and pink we do see in the second half of the show dark shades of black, cobalt and lilac blues present themselves. Whilst there is certainly a presence of darker hues, the vibe remained incredibly light and airy – keeping a the delicate feel.
The final show I saw that day was Jean Pierre Bragaza, who I have watched grow over the last couple of years. His collections have gone from strength to strength, and this season being no exception. Braganza brought us a deconstructed New York, with a plethora of motorcycle prints in a collection entitled ‘Architectonic’. When closely examined the prints are highly detailed including angels, engines and even skulls.
My personal favourite piece from the collection was a jumpsuit with cut out organza panels, and an over sized white leather biker jacket. The cut and fit was spot on, but the aesthetic was even greater, creating a bold but classy look. A hint of Paris chic, in short, this collection was concise, with hints of darkness that I am always looking out for. Bravo JPB