Remembering Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta was one of the last strong holds of the first wave of America Couturiers.

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“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar was the youngest of seven children and the only son. After his mother’s death at the age of 18, De La Renta moved to Madrid for school and began to sketch gowns for extra cash. After being noticed, De La Renta was offered an apprenticeship with Spain’s most famous couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga. Spending a few years with Balenciaga, his mentor, Oscar left to assist couturier, Antonio del Castillo at Lanvin.

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“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”

From there, Oscar moved to America, and to ready-to-wear, to become the designer of Elizabeth Arden, as she herself was not a designer. But 1965, Oscar De La Renta had launched his first collection, ready-to-wear of course. He married Francoise de Langlade, former editori-in-chief of French Vogue, in 1967 and was introduced to some of the most fashionable members of society. He began to first ladies and celebrities alike. In 1983, Oscar lost his beloved wife and he adopted a son from DR that he names Moises.

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“I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”

Oscar would remarry in 1990 to his last wife, Annette Reed. Oscar kept his collections feminine and lady-like always and would never compromise on the beauty and comfort of the women he dressed.

Check out more of the handsome designer, below!


Black and White Inspiration

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1. Frank Sinatra eating pancakes on the set of “From Here Until Eternity”

2. Vogue France 1975 by Hans Feurer

3. Jerry Hall by Helmut Newton, 1970’s

4. Diana Ross 1983

5. Young Kate Moss

6. Cathee Dahman & Marola Witt in Balenciaga for Harpers Bazaar 1968

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Muse Moment: Lara Stone

Dutch beauty, Lara Stone stole our hearts at the ripe age of 15. Known for her blonde, Bardot-ish hair, the gap in her teeth and her large chest, Lara has covered nearly every magazine out there. In September ’14 alone, Lara starred on the cover of 5 International additions of Harper’s Bazaar as well as appeared in W Magazine, Vogue Italia, British Vogue and Vogue Netherlands.

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Editorial Love: Ladies of London from W Magazine

Fall is here and W Magazine agrees that it is all about pairing everything with your vintage Levi’s from WGACA.  Cara and the girls show off the best in cozy flannels, thick knits and late sixties inspired jackets all paired with vintage 501′s.

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Check out the October issue of W now! Images from W.com


Remembering Gaby Aghion

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Gaby Aghion was a visionary that changed fashion forever. She created the whimsically free-spirited house Chloe, is credited with coining the term and practice of luxury pret-a-porter and had a knack for hiring young, undiscovered talent.

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Gaby Hanoka was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1921. She met Raymond Aghion at the age of seven; the two eventually married at 19 and moved to Paris in 1945. Rejecting the stiff, utilitarian fashion on the times, Gaby opened Chloe in 1952 using fine fabrics in soft, feminine silhouettes. At the time, off-the-rack was limited to harsher fabrics and more ridged cuts, while couture was outrageously expensive; Aghion sought fill this space in what she called luxury pret-a-porter. She sold her first collection- six cotton poplin dresses- to boutiques all over Paris and the pret-a-porter came to life!

“I’ve always thought that women look better naked”

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Early Chloe coats from the late 1950′s

Chloe launched their first show at the very Left Bank, artist hangout Cafe de Flore. The brand was youthful, boho and easy. Gaby envisioned it as an incubator for emerging designers. In 1959, she stepped down as head designer, passing the reins to Frenchman, Gerard Pipart. After freelancing for Gaby since Chloe’s inception, Karl Lagerfeld joined the creative team in 1964 and became creative director in 1966 until 1983, the year he joined Chanel. Karl’s name was synonymous with Chloe during this time. During the 70s, Chloe became symbolic of the times- it defined an entire generation. Karl left Chloe for a mere 8 years before returning once more to design for the label, eventually passing the torch to the young, Stella McCartney in 1997.

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Karl Lagerfeld in British Vogue, 1975, Chloe

The Stella years saw a revived brand with a neo-Chloe look. Stella was perfectly of-the-moment in the late 90s; playing with fruit and other illustrative motifs, but also with impeccable tailoring and a dressed-down sensibility. Chloe remained youthful, while becoming paired down during her time there. On the team which she assembled, Phoebe Philo became her right hand woman. Philo naturally took over  in 2001 when McCartney left to launch her own line.

“All I’ve ever wanted was for Chloé to have a happy spirit, to make people happy”

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Stella’s first collection, Spring 1998 with Kate Moss

Having sold the House in 1985, Gaby Aghion remained it’s biggest supporter. The CEO for the brand said she wished her death last week not outshine their Spring collection this week- what a gem.

“I don’t explain anything, I have lived… I lived the life I wanted. I soundly believed in all of this and I held on”

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Guy Bourdin for Vogue Paris, 1979, Chloe


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