Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Vintage Inspiration: “Styx” Gown, c.1936 by American Designer Elizabeth Hawes

Yikes!  It has been over a month since my last blog post.  Well, if I still have any readers left, take a look at this 1930s gown from American Designer, Elizabeth Hawes.  It’s a beauty!  I particular love how the gathered bust appears to flow into pleats under a criss-cross of fabric.  The color choice in this design makes it all the more interesting, don’t you think?  Now, while you’re distracted by a gorgeous dress, I’m going to go make a schedule to keep up with this blog!

"Styx" gown, circa 1936, by designer Elizabeth Hawes

“Styx” gown, circa 1936, by designer Elizabeth Hawes

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

Vintage Inspiration: 1972 Halston Jersey Dress

The 1970s has been a current design inspiration for upcoming Spring 2015 season.  I know, I know.  It’s just starting to get cold and I’m talking about the Spring collections.  You will see the trend in Fall apparel as well.  The billowing nature of the 1970s gowns and sleek jersey knit materials will be used by a range of clothing companies.  Today’s vintage inspiration is a Halston silk, jersey knit dress with a plunging neckline.  This gown, circa 1972 is part of The FIT Museum’s collection.

Halston Dress circa 1972

 

I could just see Jennifer Lawrence’s character from American Hustle wearing this dress!

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