FashionSeptember 3, 2010

Fashion Friday: Oscar de la Renta Comes Home

Anytime Rachel Zoe goes to an Oscar de la Renta show or visits him in his studio I fall in love (can you tell I’ve been catching up via Tivo?)   He seems like such a classy gentleman with such impeccable taste you can’t help but be charmed. Not to mention the clothes! His dresses are always some of my favorite picks for red carpet events. I personally remember trying on a magnificently elegant lace sheath strapless wedding dress with long train by him six years ago.  I was with a friend, I had gotten engaged like five minutes earlier and I thought it was too soon to make a decision so I passed on it.  Cut to me scrambling to find a replacement gown after getting totally f*cked over by Vera Wang (pardon my French, but it still makes me THAT furious) and I tried on another Oscar gown with magnificent champagne waist sash that made me cry from it’s beauty, but it was too expensive after already losing my several thousand dollar deposit to Vera.  So no Oscar for me on my wedding day. Boo hiss.

Ok, that was one hell of a digression. What I meant to say is I love Oscar, and yesterday while at the Boston Design Center I stopped in Lee Jofa and got to see his new fabric line! It’s luxurious, classic but bold.  Lots of silks, embroidery and color with dressmaker details like delicate pleating.  I was told that he was the most involved of any designer collaborator they’ve ever had and went through samples of all the fabrics he’s ever used in his collections for inspiration. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the dress form in the window with a skirt made of his ikat print (copied from a jacket he bought his wife ages ago).  Turns out, not only is my size, but they are auctioning off a few of them to benefit Oscar’s charity, Casa del Nino.

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To add to the insane talent of Oscar himself, he hired brilliant designer Miles Redd to be the creative director behind his home line! Here are some images of the Miles Redd styled showroom at NYC’s D&D building:

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On top of this fabulous Lee Jofa line, Oscar has a magnificent line of rugs with Elson & Company and furniture with Century! I love so many of these items!

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This sofa is the cat’s pajamas.

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Dying over these chairs (and this dining room- although it needs a baller chandy, don;t you think?)

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Yes and Yes.

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And how about the fashion, which is his bread and butter? I’d be HAPPY to show you some of my faves.

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