End of An Era: Oscar de la Renta

October 20, 2014. A solemn day is the world of fashion as we bid farewell to a beloved designer: Oscar de la Renta. A native Dominican, de la Renta was renowned for “reshap[ing] the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility”  (The Washington Post).

© Architectural Digest

© Architectural Digest

From the White House to the red carpet, de la Renta’s gowns constantly appear at extravagant events. With his eye for color, shape and silhouette, de la Renta never failed to deliver exactly what women wanted at that moment. In addition to his breathtaking garments, de la Renta will leave behind a memorable legacy, not only as a designer but as a person “As recounted in The Fashion Makers, a 1978 survey of U.S. designers,” de la Renta exclaimed: “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” (Washington Post). Oscar de la Renta thoroughly loved his career and the people with whom he worked. Although de la Renta himself has moved onto life after death with the fashion gods, his memory will remain; on the runway, red carpet, and beyond.

© Tres Marisposas

© Tres Marisposas

© Vanity Fair

© Vanity Fair

© Gotham Magazine

© Gotham Magazine

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”- Oscar de la Renta

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Works Cited

            Koncius, Jura & Ned Martel. “Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer, dies at 82.” The Washington Post. The Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2014. Web. 20 Oct. 2014.

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Tory Burch: Entrepreneurship, Fashion & More!

Tory Burch did not go to design school? Business school? She did not start her company in the traditional manner? Hard to believe, but nonetheless true, Tory Burch built her fashion empire in an extremely unique way.

Graduating in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania, Burch majored in art history (not quite the field she ended up in!). Several years later, Burch launched her company in 2004. As a company, Tory Burch relies on word of mouth and social media, rather than traditional advertising.

Take a step into the fabulous world of Tory Burch by watching this interview conducted by Glamour Magazine. Burch is a true archetype that you can build something spectacular out of an idea and a little ambition, despite your intended college major!

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© Politico

A Day in the Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle, Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Empire City. Whatever you call it, there’s nothing quite like New York City. This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to NYC for more than just a little vacation.

As one of the Presidents of Think Pink Society, which promotes breast cancer awareness, I went to NYC with two friends and our teacher for the BCRF event. Each year the Breast Cancer Research Foundation holds a Symposium and Awards Luncheon in the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. As the only students their, my friends and I were happily overwhelmed to be surrounded by the nation’s most prestigious breast cancer researchers and several of NYC’s socialites who often advocate for the cause.

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

We had the honor of listening to both Amy Robach and Barbara Walters speak at the Awards Luncheon. Also, we saw several other notable people: Hilary Rhoda, Leonard Lauder and Tory Burch.

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

After leaving the event, with our fabulous (and heavy) goodie-bags in-tow, we embarked for an afternoon in New York. From shopping at Bergdorf Goodman and F.O.A. Schwartz to walking in Central Park, we had the traditional NYC day.

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

See you soon…in the Concrete Jungle (hopefully!)

 

Wandering with Wintour: A Vogue Video

From boredom to procrastination, the Internet is a helpful (or hindering) friend. Whenever I want to put off my work or restrain going to sleep (which I instantly regret once my alarm sounds), I turn to Vogue Videos. Sneak peaks of design studios, interviews with designers, and the “73 Questions” segment, Vogue Videos know how to capture an audience.

As a loyal Vogue follower, I was ecstatic to find a “73 Questions” with Anna Wintour, the Editor in Chief of Vogue. Such a casual and candid interview, this episode gave life to the magazine, through Wintour. Holding a preconceived notion from movies like The Devil Wears Prada, I realized that “the fashion world” is, in fact, not so aloof and abrasive. Seeing the Vogue offices and hearing Wintour’s responses makes Vogue seem more real and personal than my preconceived notion.

Enjoy this fabulous interview with Anna Wintour, as she wanders through the offices of Vogue. And, of course, binge watch all the rest!

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© Forbes

Bump Patrol: Lively & Reynolds

Finally, the day all Gossip Girl enthusiasts and devotees to The Notebook have been waiting for: the most attractive couple is expecting! Congrats Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds! Announcing the bundle-to-be via Lively’s blog Preserve, the actress disclosed a fretting perspective of pregnancy and parenthood.

© Vanity Fair

© Vanity Fair

On Preserve Lively writes, “With family on our mind, we looked to the origin of it all—to the women in our lives who are right there, at that special moment; at the creation of family.” Celebrating women in general, and particularly mothers, it is evident that Lively respects her pregnancy and will welcome the child into a mature and loving environment with Reynolds.

© Preserve

© Preserve

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Works Cited

Lively, Blake. “Preserve Celebration: Falling for Family.” Preserve. Preserve, 5 Oct. 2014. Web. 6 Oct.

          2014. http://preserve.us/blog/celebration/preserve-celebrations-falling-for-family/

Inaugural Imitation

As a senior in high school, I’m given the fabulous opportunity to take electives; such as Portfolio Development. One of my first assignments was to research First Ladies’ inaugural ball gowns over the years, and to create my own. After pursuing the several stylish First Ladies, I decided that my favorite was Nancy Reagan’s gown from 1981.

© Vogue

© Vogue

The creme, beaded, one-shoulder silhouette caught my eye, and I fell in love. Roughly thirty years later, this gown is still beautiful, and even somewhat trendy. Nancy Reagan (or her stylist) did a superb job in choosing her attire for this monumental event.

© US Magazine

© US Magazine

Utilizing my creative side, I decided to reinvent Reagan’s gown…with a twist. Instead of heading over to my local fabric store, I simply opened up my kitchen cabinets to find my supplies. After sewing the base of the dress out of white trash bags, I contemplated how I could mimic the beautiful circular bead work on her gown. Suddenly, it came to me! Two hundred coffee filters later, I could barely express my amazement. I had no idea I was capable of creating a dress out of kitchen products that altogether cost less than $10. Maybe next time the First Ladies should turn to unconventional materials!

The final product:

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014