Friday, September 17, 2010

An Oscar for Oscar

Dress with belt 
detail at right

Oscar de la Renta was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1932. When he was 18 he went to Spain to study art but became more interested in fashion design working as an apprentice to the famous Balenciaga. He later became an assistant at Lanvin in Paris. de la Renta worked briefly for Elizabeth Arden before launching his own label in the mid 60s. 

That's a short synopsis of one of the world's most famous and successful fashion designers and a personal favorite. 

Yesterday Oscar de la Renta showed his spring collection for 2011 and as usual it was a fabulous mix of 'country club' dresses, suits and stunning gowns. The details on his clothing, the shoes, handbags, gloves (yes gloves!!), jewelry and cool coiffures are inspirational to anyone who loved Manhattan when everyone dressed for 'dress-up' occasions.

Another great dress
Whatever happened to dressing up? I like stretch pants, big tops and jeans as much as anyone but they have their place.  When you go to the theater, dinner in a nice restaurant, travel by air...people used to look

Lace overlay gown 
with bow detail
But Oscar de la Renta holds his ground on appropriate dressing and this season is just icing on the cake. Check out the complete show on I've included a few dresses, suits and gowns and a few details  of the same. Fantastic, no?

I hope you agree.

Over the weekend: Fashion is done...time to eat cheesecake!

Oscar embroidered suit
Belted suit for spring

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