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The Loss of Oscar de la Renta; Fashion will never be the same

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How can you put into words the beauty of an Oscar de la Renta design?  His dresses were incredible.  I envisioned Mr. de la Renta as the epitome of a true gentleman.  Dressed in impeccably tailored suits, he had an elevated level of class, as did his work.

Mr. de la Renta, started his fashion career at Cristobal Balenciaga, later moving to Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden, and then to the creation of his own namesake line.  He has notably said that his duties at Balenciaga involved “picking pins off of the floor.”  As an aspiring designer myself, it’s refreshing to see such a talented individual discuss his beginnings in the industry.  He worked from the bottom up, going on to achieve renowned success.

The fashion industry has lost a great soul today and we will all mourn the loss of this legendary designer.  A certain quote from an interview between de la Renta and Fern Mallis sticks out above the rest.

The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. You have to appreciate every single day that you’re alive. Life is a little bit like a garden—you have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow. I’m having a fantastic time. But I must say that I would have never been able to go through what I went through without my family and wife.  — Oscar de la Renta

 

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Oscar de la Renta; Fall 2014 Collection

Source:  Quote found here.  Image Credit:  here and here

Accessorize with Mesh from Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Calysto Bracelets via INSIDE Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Calysto Bracelets via INSIDE Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis has been around since the late 1800s.  They specialize in accessories and jewelry crafted of metal mesh and boy oh boy, do they do it well!  I guess after 135 years, you would tend to be the best of the best.  In 1892, the first mesh handbag was hand woven by Charles Whiting.  He took the art of chainmail and turned it into a fashion statement.  This look has held on and evolved with every decade.  They’ve recently updated their website and revamped their logo for a more modern look.  Not only can you shop, but you can learn about the history of the company and check out modern fashion trends on their blog!  I wonder if the founders ever thought that the company would still be styling mesh 100 years later.

Known for fantastic handbags, the new collection of Whiting & Davis does not disappoint.  Offering clutches and shoulder bags, they have a piece for every occasion.  The dazzling mesh of Whiting & Davis makes their handbag the perfect companion on a night out, cocktail party, or other evening affair.  Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.  Naturally I leaned towards a vintage look.  The vienna and peacock handbags remind me of pieces from their 1920s collection because of the silhouette and painted on prints.

 

 

 

When it comes to jewelry, Whiting & Davis may be most famous for their serpent style cuffs and bracelets; however in the new collection you can expect bold colors along with timeless classics.  A glimmering mesh piece of jewelry can make a statement day or night.  I love everything, but here are a few of the pieces that I’m lusting after.

 

 

I am a Whiting & Davis freak.  When it comes to vintage W&D, I have several of their handbags from different eras and some pieces of jewelry as well.  Thank you to my lovely grandmothers who have the best style and were willing to pass their Whiting & Davis pieces along to me!  One of my grandmothers kept her Whiting & Davis handbag from the 1950s in the original box!  I’ll have to do a style post sometime soon to show you the glamour that has been passed down to me!

Do you have any pieces from the iconic design house?  Tell me about them in the comments section!

Prints and Colors make a statement at Pakistan Fashion Week London

I ran across an image on Pinterest the other day of a gorgeous ensemble, mixing prints and patterns by a Pakistan designer from 2007.  It spurred me to do some research into Pakistan fashion and here are a few of my favorite looks from the 2014 Pakistan Fashion Week in London.  I discovered some truly talented designers with a knack for sculpting some of the most beautiful textiles I’ve ever seen!

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Designer Ayesha Hashwani Collection at Fashion Parade 2014

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Designer Ayesha Hashwani Collection at Fashion Parade 2014

It is truly inspirational to see designer Ayesha Hashwani combine prints and textures like the two looks above.  I’m in love with both sets of pants, specifically the ones paired with the floral jacket.  The scalloped hem of lace just gives it a sense of elegance.

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Designer Nomi Ansari; London 2014 Fashion Parade Collection

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Designer Rania Emaan; Pakistan Fashion Week London 2014; Bridal Collection

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Designer Waseem Noor; Pakistan Fashion Week London 2014; Bridal Collection

The beading and embroidery by Rania Emaan and Waseem Noor are gorgeous.  The amount of time and energy that goes into that type of handwork is truly amazing.  These designers chose exquisite color combinations and clearly understood how to manipulate the drape of fabrics to create a royal impact.  The chiffons flow effortlessly!

As a designer myself, I hope to take a lesson from these talented individuals.  I will conquer prints and bold colors while breaking out of the norm.  I won’t be afraid to mix and match in both my wardrobe and in my work.  Be bold and make a statement.

 Image credit: Latest Pakistani Fashion Shows, Catwalk, & Shoots via FashionCental.pk

 

Do you love the print combinations?  Are you swooning over the details too?  Let me know in the comments!

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