By Asma and Reem

Remembering Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta "believed in beauty, not for beauty’s sake, but because he understood that elevating the outside could help elevate the inside," writes Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times.


Timeline from nytimes.com (Edited) 

1932: The year he was born... 

1950s: Studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, and then worked in the Madrid salon of Cristóbal Balenciaga as an illustrator for the clients

1960s: Hired by Antonio del Castillo as his assistant at Lanvin, began his tenure at Elizabeth Arden, and started designing his own line

1970s: Became president of the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) of America, and debuted the Oscar fragrance

1980s: Became president of the CFDA for the second time, and given a lifetime achievement award by the CFDA

1990s: Became the first American fashion designer to show at Paris Fashion Week, worked for Balmain, and became a couture designer

2000s: Introduced his first ready-to-wear bridal collection, received Founders Award from the CFDA, presented the fall 2013 line with the help of John Galliano, announced Peter Copping, former Nina Ricci artistic director, as creative director of Oscar de la Renta

2014: Dies at 82 after a long battle with cancer. 

Notice something from the timeline above. Oscar de la Renta, in every decade, had his moments of stardom and contributed to fashion in some way. We stumbled upon this article written by Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times, and we just thought that we had to share parts of it. 

"Though most people, when they think of Oscar de la Renta, think of the first ladies he dressed (Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton) or the celebrities he clothed for the red carpet (Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift) or the wedding gowns he designed (for Amal Clooney, Huma Abedin, Kate Bosworth), I think of two entirely different things.

I think, for example, of how before every show was supposed to start — a good half-hour before every show was even supposed to start, which is to say about 50 minutes before every other designer’s show would really start — he would be standing backstage, in a perfectly tailored pinstriped shirt and silk tie, pocket handkerchief flopping just so, waiting for the audience to show up: keeping to the schedule in real time as opposed to fashion time, because it was the correct thing to do.

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He believed in hard work and the importance of appearance. He believed in beauty, not for beauty’s sake, but because he understood that elevating the outside could help elevate the inside; that confidence could be donned with a garment (just ask Oprah Winfrey, who practically glowed in his long-sleeved, cleavage-hinting navy silk gown as a co-chairwoman of the Met Ball in 2010, ending up on numerous best-dressed lists). He believed in balance, and the golden mean. He believed in lace and color and the leverage that came with a carefully chosen ruffle — but not too many ruffles. He believed, during the rise and fall of grunge and normcore and casual Friday, in staking his higher ground: being neither out nor in but, perhaps, above. He believed in the long game."

“A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn't much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”- Oscar de la Renta

Thank you Oscar de la Renta for showing us what fashion and women are all about. Rest in peace.

Mary Katrantzou X Adidas Originals

Fashion's favourite trend: sportswear. Which is why Mary Katrantzou's collection for Adidas Originals arrived just on cue. It seems like not everyone's ready to say goodbye to this trend, making this collection the perfect fix. It's not the first time Adidas collaborated with a high end designer like Katrantzou, who is added to the list alongside Yohji Yamamato, Raf Simons, Pharrell Williams, and Rick Owens. The collection is comprised of the classic sneakers reworked by Katrantzou; you have the designer's prints adorning the sneakers with gold-hardware to go. And what we consider to be the best part of the collaboration- the clothes. Zip-up dresses in neoprene(also in Katrantzou's special prints), mesh prints, mini-dresses...you name it! We couldn't think of a more perfect designer to head this collaboration, and Katrantzou's heading it to success. 

Images via www.style.com

Dany Tabet Haute Couture S/S 2015: Smoke and Mirrors

A romantic and artisanal affair was held at the Dany Tabet Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 show. It ran in a gold shimmering golden colour; the focus of the colour palette, in an attempt to signify women residing in a modern-world desert. Like his Lebanese peers, Tabet makes a great deal of cementing his reputation as a designer that pays attention to exquisite details and embodying luxury. We like the idea evoked by Tabet's designs - metal, sand, sun and fossil - how could these mind-blowing pieces ever go unnoticed? Having seen his previous work we can tell that he's clearly outdone himself with this collection. The silhouettes accentuate the feminine form, concealing main parts of the body while revealing others by using sheer fabrics. The gowns were as good as they get: crystal embellishments, halter necks, vintage Moroccan-inspired jewellery, and a lot of braids. The best part of the show, though, was the bride. Beautifully clad in a gown that induced a powerful and elusive woman, mysterious in her own way. Tabet was successful in translating his vision into the garments and creating a striking image for his audience. 

A Quote That Makes Us Say...

“You either know fashion or you don’t.”- Anna Wintour

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The problem with some people today is that they consider fashion to be "frivolous". Well, FYI, the fashion industry is a multi billion industry. Hence, this quote makes us say... You are absolutely right Anna! You either know fashion or you don't. 

And we will add this too, "you either accept fashion or you don't". 

Pick of the Week: Sarah's Bag

Up until this point we haven't had the privilege of riding a vintage car, much like what Lana Del Rey does in her music videos. Despite that, Sarah Beydoun- founder of Sarah's Bag -makes up for it! Beydoun started working with disadvantaged women and ex-prisoners in 2000 to create beaded bags and sell them at Souq Al-Barghout, which was completely successful. 14 years later and Sarah's Bag has expanded beyond Beirut and is now stocked at different stores internationally and online. We took an immediate liking to this printed cotton clutch(named the Fast and Fabulous), and is one of our favourite from her latest collection. The best part? A miniature toy car clasp! Better than what anyone could ever ask for. 

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