Rest in Peace, Oscar de la Renta

Rest in Peace, Oscar

Rest in Peace, Oscar

The legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away last night at the age of 82 in his Connecticut home from complications with cancer, which he had been diagnosed with in 2006.  The Dominican-American designer specialized in evening wear, having been famed with being the couturiers to dress Jackie Kennedy in the 1960’s.  He worked for luxury brands Lanvin and Balmain, as well as under his own eponymous name.  

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Designer Marc Jacobs wrote: “We lost a fashion icon. Thoughts & prayers for family, friends, & all at Oscar de la Renta. We’ll miss you Oscar!”

"We will miss you, Oscar!", tweeted Marc Jacobs

“We’ll miss you, Oscar!”, tweeted Marc Jacobs

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What’s Trending: Velvet Crush

Although I have to admit, about 6 months ago, when I thought of velvet in clothing, an image conjured up immediately of my older sister’s numerous pairs of velvet pants from the 90’s (needless to say, cringe-worthy).  Nonetheless, velvet has become a big fashion trend this season, and the end is nowhere in sight.

Key point when rocking the trend: Soft velvet fabrics look luxurious, as well as add a very modern touch to the stiff velvet of the 90’s.

For your online shopping convenience, I’ve rounded up a few key velvet pieces that are undoubtedly on my winter wishlist.

Balmain, $4655

Balmain, $4655

See what other (lower-priced) pieces made the cut after the jump!

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What’s Trending: Baroque-Inspired Prints

Dolce & Gabanna’s F/W ’12-13 Collection

Balmain’s F/W ’12-13 Runway Looks

Balmain, Balmain, Balmain…  You’ve done it again.  I simply adore their collection for Fall/Winter 2012, full of beautiful symmetrical patterns and intricate, feminine details.  Balmain, forever known for their glam rock style, incorporated these prints into high hemlines, silver and gold, and altogether glitz.  Of course, other high-end designers also incorporated this trend into their collections, such as Andrew Gn, Givenchy, and Dolce & Gabanna.  Unfortunately, if you are like me, you probably don’t have thousands of dollars to shell out on some designer baroque-inspired apparel.

Oh, but do not fret, my friends!  I have listed below various ways to incorporate this trend into your fall wardrobe, without breaking the bank.

Wear this black and gold pencil skirt with minimal accessories and a smoky eye for an evening out.  You can purchase it here.

This ASOS shirt is reminiscent of Balmain’s ornate flower pattern, and yet is only $26.  Find it here.

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