Farewell, Mr. de la Renta

The world lost one its greatest fashion icons yesterday. After an amazing career as one of the foremost designers of his generation, Oscar de la Renta passed away.

His aesthetic celebrated the female form; his fashions contouring elegantly with a woman’s curves. People much more eloquent than me wioscar-de-la-renta-rtw-fw2013-runway-42_22155141990th offer more suitable tributes; I am  just an adoring fan.

But I did have an up-close brush with his creative genius. I was incredibly fortunate to have worked backstage as a dresser in February 2013 at Oscar de la Renta’s F/W13 show during New York Fashion Week. While I didn’t meet the great man, of course, it was the experience of a lifetime to be in his studio.

This is the model I dressed for the show . The design, fabric and finish on these pieces were exquisite. The draping on the jacket appears to be random, but in actuality each fold was artfully stitched into place. The wraparound pants were fluid and sensual. These were the most exquisite garments I had ever seen.

Thank you, Mr. de la Renta, for helping women to discover the feminine, elegant sides of themselves.

God bless.

 

 

Clothing with a purpose

As we know, stores and merchandise go pink in October in support of breast cancer. From blenders to football gear, if it exists, it’s likely available in pink this Lands End scarf editmonth.

One company, Land’s End, is partnering with a US based organization, breastcancer.org, to donate a portion of pink embroidery proceeds to support breast cancer research. This scarf, right, is one of the company’s CashTouch Plaid Scarf, new for fall, and monogrammed with my initials in pink. At only $33.95, it makes a perfect gift – and I have to say, the fabric is incredibly soft and luxurious.

Land’s End has done more to help combat cancer. For example, it offers a selection of swim tees that work to protect against harmful UV rays, a contributing factor in skin cancer; a product that has been endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation in the US. The swim tees area meant to be worn while swimming and also provide coverage for women who have endured a mastectomy or other surgery.

This kind of care and concern – for a range of women who battle cancer – means that your purchases have greater meaning beyond the acquisition of a new garment. These days, corporate social responsibility is sought after by many today who look for more from their apparel than just a label.

If you’re looking for something, check out Land’s End to see the quality clothing with purpose. You can shop online: the company ships to Canada and the site has pricing in Canadian dollars. http://www.landsend.com

NOTE: Land’s End provided the scarf to me as a gift.

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