Here's a reason to celebrate: fashion mogul Oscar de la Renta, is now translating his iconic prints onto paper for our parties! Teaming up with Paperless Post, his new line of stationery showcases everything we've come to love about the designer's signature prints and extraordinary embroideries. His delicate Chantilly laces are now elegant wedding invitations, while bold patterns from his 2013 ready-to-wear line will inspire your next Summer soiree. It's almost impossible to settle on a favorite, but here are a few of the best — available on paper or digitally — that caught our eye.
By now the world has come to expect a refined romance from Oscar de la Renta's collections, but for his Spring 2014 Bridal line, the designer turned the stuff of fairy tales into reality.
"Every woman dreams of that day," the designer wrote in his show notes. "You have to go the extra mile and fulfill that dream to make something that a woman will fall in love with."
To that end, de la Renta sent out a series of highly decorated gowns that didn't feel stuffy or heavy-handed. His first exit, a pale blue silk organza dress festooned with silver bullion and floral sequin embroidery looked like a cloud, and a dress cut from Chantilly lace and a floral corded appliqué looked light as air.
The gowns were breathtaking, but what stole the show were four young flower girls dressed in little white dresses who elicited oohs and awws from the assembled guests when they came down the runway.
Brides looking for fresh-faced, classic makeup can end their search at Oscar de la Renta. Working with Mikey Castillo, makeup director for Le Métier de Beauté, the iconic designer wanted to create a woman in the vein of Grace Kelly — someone in "the bloom of her beauty," as Castillo put it. Satin eye shadows and barely there eyeliner created a graceful look that any bride can pull off on her own.
The look: Satin-finish eye shadows, rose champagne eyeliner, subtle pink hues.
The inspiration: A woman feeling most beautiful on her wedding day.
Key tips: Work your eyeliner tightly into the eyelash bed so you don't see a black line over the eyelid. This will keep your liner in place all day.
Yellow has steadily moved onto our radar since we saw it pop up on the Spring 2013 runways — Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, and DKNY all showcased cheery yellow hues, which is why we've rounded up some standout accessories to help you jump on the bright Spring color trend. From a sporty backpack to a pair or patent flats, watch on to see our picks now. On Allison McNamara: Forever 21 jacket and top.
OK, admit it: you don't wear sunscreen as often as you should. But with Oscar de la Renta's Sun Protection Stick SPF 30 ($26), you (and we) no longer have excuses. The small stick easily fits into any bag, so you can take it along on an outdoor run, park picnic, or long beach day. Its compact size also makes it ideal for covering spots that are often forgotten: the sides of the nose, under clothing straps, and along the tops of your ears. While it goes on a bit sticky, there is no white residue or shiny finish left behind. And as for the scent, it's beach vacation all the way. Think water floats, salty air, and orange popsicles. Too bad your excuse for forgetting sunscreen was just obliterated.
When it comes to fantasy wardrobes for our kids, Oscar de la Renta Childrenswear ranks at the top of the list. The brand's head of creative, Marissa Kraxberger, is a mom to two adorable, and (of course) superstylish tots. So when we had the opportunity to get her advice on all things pertaining to kiddie fashion, we jumped at the opportunity. In addition to her demanding gig at ODLR, Marissa is the voice of its beautiful new blog, George & Ruby, which (in her own words) is all about "the whirlwind of fashion and social media and sippy cups and Sesame Street." Right up our alley. Read on to learn Marissa's approach to dressing her own kids, and what you can learn from the fashion insider.
Selena Gomez looked Spring fresh at the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards in a pastel-blue corset-inspired top (that came complete with frayed edges and a peplum silhouette) and crisp white shorts, both by Oscar de la Renta. While the main outfit pieces proved light and feminine, she punched up the look with cool accents. Case in point: her woven, blush-hued minaudière and gray printed ankle-strap sandals certainly added a little something extra. How do you think the Spring Breakers actress did?
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While hundreds of looks appeared on the catwalks during Fashion Month, there are only a few vital trends you need to know. Casual braids, angular nail designs, and vamp-y lip hues were just some of the styles on repeat from New York to Paris. Take note of these top five trends to try when you watch.
Just in time for Spring, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is launching his first in-house home collection. With the help of Home Creative Director Miles Redd, Mr. de la Renta has created a truly personal mix of table-top and entertaining accessories. Serving pieces are accompanied by recipes from Mr. de la Renta's kitchen and hand-painted plates are based on ones made by the designer himself on a long-ago trip to Japan. Die-hard de la Renta fans will be delighted with an ikat dot motif from the 1970s that shows up, reimagined and repurposed, on napkins, and with plates inspired by fabric in more recent ready-to-wear collections. Inspired by the lifestyle of his native Dominican Republic, the line incorporates sea-creature motifs and, in a classic ode to outdoor living, a color palette of blue and white. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Outnet just released its exclusive Oscar de la Renta capsule collection today, featuring a covetable array of chic pieces to help you kick off your Spring wardrobe refresh. The collection — fronted by one of our favorite style setters, Olivia Palermo — consist of 24 pieces, highlighting gorgeous floral- and ikat-print gowns, polished separates, and ladylike dresses crafted from fabrics from Oscar's past collections. Priced from $325 for a top to $1,295 for a silk faille gown, the lineup is much more affordable compared to the thousands of dollars the designer usually sells his gowns for. See and shop all of the pieces right here.