Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Memoriam: Oscar de la Renta

Yesterday the world lost iconic fashion legend Oscar de la Renta. While the decline of Mr. de la Renta’s health was known, he has been battling cancer since 2006, his death came to much of the shock of the fashion industry. The designer was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. Oscar lead a long career that started with him being mentored by Cristóbal Balenciaga after gaining an apprenticeship sketching for the designer. Following his time at Balenciaga in Spain, de la Renta took his skill to Paris where he worked as a couture assistant at the House of Lanvin and then the House of Christian Dior. In 1968, after a conversation with the then editor-in-chief of Vogue Diana Vreeland, Mr. de la Renta took his skill to the house of Elizabeth Arden. This move was the designers big break into the ready-to-wear business. Oscar stayed at Arden for two years before breaking ties and launching his own ready-to-wear label in 1965. Alongside his namesake label, Oscar de la Renta was the creative director for Pierre Balmain Haute Couture from 1993 to 2002. The Oscar de la Renta empire includes his womenswear line, childrenswear line, bridal line, handbags, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, housewares, as well as the boutique hotel Tortuga Club at the PUNTACANA Resort and Club. In his long career Oscar dressed everyone from first ladies Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Regan, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and his very good friend Hilary Clinton, stars of the screen like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner, Taylor Swift, and Audrey Hepburn. The designer famously said "every season I am inspired by women." And each time he did also saying "we're dealing with sophisticated customers. What's most important to these women is individuality. I have to create things she'll want to wear, no matter who she is." The designer will be deeply missed by all that knew him and those, like me, who were only able to admire him from afar.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 Rome Film Festival: "Trash" Premiere Wish List

We have not seen Rooney Mara give us a major red carpet since the Oxfam charity gala last December at the Dubai International Film Festival, and I am hoping that she will take to the red carpet at the Rome Film Festival and rock some high glamour. The stunningly awkward actress would look stunning gliding down the red carpet at her premiere of "Trash" wearing this stunning white Valentino Spring 2015 RTW puffed cap sleeve a-line gown that features metallic silver starfish embroidery. I always ask myself when picking out a dress for Rooney to wear on the red carpet, "Would a young Audrey Hepburn wear this if she were at hear peak right now?" If the answer is yes then I see that as an impeccable red carpet moment. Her hair pulled into a tight bun, a red lip, and a pair of silver sandals will ensure that this gown is styled perfectly for the Rome Film Festival.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 Rome Film Festival: "Time Out Of Mind" Premiere Wish List

Jena Malone is one that I kinda love and hate when she takes to the red carpet. Her very slim athletic build tends to get overwhelmed by a lot of silhouettes and when she gets it right she gets it right. I think that for the Rome Film Festival premiere of "Time Out Of Mind" I think that Jena should wear this J. Mendel Spring 2015 RTW black, silver and white gown which features a modified halter neckline with a metallic, macrame lace and jacquard construction in a geometric panel design with a split up to there. I would actually pair this gown with the runway strappy pointed toe pumps that the gown was paired with on the runway, a white Edie Parker clutch, and a smokey eye will ensure that Jenna has the perfect red carpet look for a film festival that has been severely lacking in glamour so far this year.

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Rome Film Festival: "Eden" Premiere Wish List

With some big roles, including a staring role in the "How I Met Your Mother" spin-off "How I Met Your Dad," in her upcoming projects, Greta Gerwig has been doing a lot of the red carpet song and dance around the world and looking fabulous doing so. With the Rome Film Festival premiere of her film "Eden" upcoming next month I am hoping that we will see Greta wear a stunning couture creation for the red carpet. This black and red Armani Prive Fall 2014 Couture strapless gown that features a stunning sculpted peplum bustier and hourglass shaped skirt. While this gown doesn't have yards of extra fabric to make it dramatic I think that the way that this gown would be worn would make this a bold red carpet statement. Hair styled in a 1930's style curled bob, a red lip, a black Edie Parker clutch, and a pair of black Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' sandals would finish this look off to create that impact making ensemble that I know that this would be.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Rome Film Festival: "Stonehurst Asylum" Premiere Wish List

Kate Beckinsale is a red carpet diva every single time she takes to the red carpet, sadly we do not see enough of her on the red carpet. I am hoping that despite is off the main slate appearance that Kate will grab up a stunning red carpet ensemble when she premieres her film "Stonehurst Asylum" at the Rome Film Festival next month. Most red carpet critics will roll their eyes at the fact that I have picked yet another mermaid silhouette for Kate to wear on the red carpet but I think that this stunning Elie Saab Fall 2014 ice blue strapless gown would be a perfect impact making red carpet ensemble. I would style this look with a matching ice blue Edie Parker pearlescent clutch, a pair of silver Jimmy Choo sandals, and some amazing Chopard statement chandelier earrings would finish this look off in a simple and stunning way to ensure that all eyes are on Kate at her big premiere.