Oscar de la Renta's son, Moises, is finally ready to let the world see his collection for Mango. Moises's aesthetic is generally less feminine than his dad's, but from the sneak peek at the launch party, it's not too far off. The theme is polished tees tucked into hugely poufy tulle skirts, cinched with ribbon belts. Delightful. Proceed for a peek at the launch party, which took place at the Crosby Street Hotel in NYC last night.
Tapped to design a limited edition collection for affordable Spanish retailer Mango last November, Moieses de la Renta decided to focus on embellished tee shirts.
Newly released images of the tees show heavy, overworked necklines—trimmed in ribbons, swatches of fabric, tulle, and bows—and trompe l'oeil tassel and rope prints. According to a press release, de la Renta's inspiration for the collection came from "traditional romantic themes" like summer flowers and shiny gems.
We would venture to say the six styles shown here could have used a little editing, especially in the applique department. That said, if Holly Hobbie craftwork is your look, the collection hits Mango stores on March 1, and each tee shirt will retail for under $50.
>> Thakoon Does Jewelry for Tasaki; Moises de la Renta Rumored for Mango —Just as his contract with Hogan has expired, Thakoon has taken up a new responsibility: creative director for Japanese fine jeweler Tasaki, the world's biggest pearl supplier. This is his first major foray into jewelry, and the Thakoon for Tasaki collection will be unveiled in February. Moises de la Renta is also reportedly on deck for a partnership — he's "about to ink a deal" with Mango. [Style File, WWD]
Update: The collection will be called MDLR Moises de la Renta for Mango and will consist of a mini-collection of cotton tees and tanks with tulle and gemstone trims.
Remember Adam Lippes's collection for Spanish retailer Mango? Looks like Mango may have nabbed another up-and-comer: Oscar de la Renta's son Moises. With a more severe lady-like aesthetic, the designer is supposed to attend the retailer's Spring runway show in Madrid on Wednesday, along with the brand's muse Scarlett Johansson. If all goes according to rumor, we may be seeing Scarlett in Moises's Mango offerings. Tasty, indeed.
>> For the second year running, the Whitney Art Musem Gala was Donatella Versace's party. Editors — Olivier Zahm, Lauren Santo Domingo, Glenda Bailey — commingled with designers — Peter Som, Moises de la Renta, Ruffian's Claude Morais and Brian Wolk — and a smattering of models like Chanel Iman and Hana Soukupova. Christopher Kane's Versus designs even made an appearance — the Fall 2009 crystal shoes were on Byrdie Bell's feet, and Taylor Momsen — who seems to be close with the Versaces, particularly Allegra, changed into a black Spring 2010 Versus frock for the Studio Party post-Gala Dinner.
Donatella was fashionably late to the party — two hours in, she was nowhere to be found; perhaps she was still upstairs tending to VIPs — as was Lindsay Lohan, who swept in, all blonde hair and gold dress — earning comparisons to Donatella's trademark look. Lohan said she came "for Donatella" before beelining to Brian Atwood for a chat. Keeping with the "art chic" theme, the walls of one whole room at the party downstairs was covered in paper for guests to scribble on.
>> Back in February, Oscar de la Renta's son Moises launched his own line, MDLR, for Fall 2009 after internships at Phat Farm and with his father. Much of the collection retails for under $1,000, and Lissy Trullie posed for the inaugural lookbook, which thanks to the newly-launched MDLR web site, can be seen in full below. The line was predicted by Style.com to be "a chart topper," and the designer's friend Julia Frakes promises that we'll be "head over heels" for his Spring 2010 collection.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Sure, Oscar de la Renta's son Moises may be debuting his own line, MDLR, this season — but he has a long way to go if he aims to be the heir to his father's design house. Oscar isn't planning on retiring anytime soon, but right now, he told Cathy Horyn he thinks his son-in-law and CEO of the company, Alex Bolen, may be the best person to succeed him — he's "the one person who challenges me all the time." [Style File, T Magazine]
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