Top 10 Tuesday: A Tribute to Oscar

What sad news to hear of the passing Oscar de la Renta yesterday at 82. As I've been pouring over the many articles being posted about the designer, I was really struck by how lightly he regarded his legacy. In a 2009 interview, he said of fashion:

“It’s never been heavy. Somebody might ask, ‘What is Oscar de la Renta?’ And you could say, ‘It’s a pretty dress.'” (NY Times)

Well, yeah, I guess you could say that. You could also say Oscar de la Renta is responsible for some of the most beautiful dresses in the history of fashion. You could say his work will be heralded by editors and students a century from now. You could simply call it genius. Those sound a little more accurate to me.

Here, ten of my favorite Oscar de la Renta "pretty dresses"...

1. Oscar de la Renta meets Carrie Bradshaw: Sarah Jessica Parker wore this whimsical pink feathered dress to the 2000 Emmy Awards, where she was nominated for her role in "Sex and the City."  [image]

 

2. And speaking of "Sex and the City," remember when an entire episode was based on this iconic Oscar de la Renta dress? [image]

 

3. Cameron Diaz was the picture of Old Hollywood glamour in this sparkling number at the 2010 Academy Awards. [image]

 

4. Style star Emma Watson was breathtaking in this ethereal tulle gown at a 2011 Harry Potter premiere. [image]

 

5. Jessica Alba has never looked better than when she donned this coral stunner for the 2013 Golden Globes. [image]

 

Amy Adams

6. Amy Adams once again took her place on the red carpet's Best Dressed lists when she wore this breathtaking ballgown to the 2013 Academy Awards. [image]

 

Photo 8 from Jessica Chastain

7. Jessica Chastain displayed Oscar's masterful use of color at the 2014 Deauville American Film Festival. [image]

 

8. Taylor Swift looked statuesque and ladylike in this champagne gown and dramatic train at the 2014 Met Gala. [image]

 

Photo 31 from Karlie Kloss

9. Karlie Kloss looked radiant in a gilded black gown and leather gloves, also at the 2014 Met Gala. [image]

 

Photo 1 from Sarah Jessica Parker

10. And my favorite of all- Sarah Jessica Parker, again at the 2014 Met Gala, in this stunning gown which featured the designer's signature splashed across the back. Parker said this addition was all her idea, noting that he was far too modest to do that himself. [image]

 

Thank you for a lifetime of beautiful designs. You will be missed.

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"Without panic there is no excitement. If you feel totally sure about what you're doing, you shouldn't do it." ~Oscar de la Renta

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5 Ways to DIY It... Designer-Inspired Craft Ideas to Upgrade Your Chain Necklace

5 Ways to DIY It is a new series for the blog where I'm going to share some simple craft ideas inspired by designer pieces. This isn't the space for complex projects, but rather for all of the ideas I've had that don't really warrant their own DIY page and instructions, because they're already pretty self-explanatory. My hopes are to simply give you easy ideas using items you probably already have (or can buy cheaply), that in just a few simple steps can be made into a major statement pieces. I'm kicking off the series with one of my all-time favorite accessories- a chunky gold chain! For crafting, I usually opt for parts that are as inexpensive as possible. I find the thrift store to be a great resource (garage sales, stores like Forever 21, and your own jewelry box are other great options).

So let's get into it and turn that basic chain into DIY treasure!...

5WaysToDIYIt_TasselChain

I love the impact that just a few tassels make on a simple chain. To attach, just use pliers to open and close the jump rings. (Bonus points for "spot painting" the tassels with gold paint or bleaching to create the extra color.)

 5WaysToDIYIt_BraidChain

For this look, you can either find braided trim or make your own chunky braid with embroidery floss or even raffia. Attach with a simple stitch. (If you're clueless when it comes to sewing, fear not! It's really simple and you can find a basic how-to here.)

 5WaysToDIYIt_BlackChain

Adding a block of color lends a sleek update to a classic chain. To do, simply mask of the area you don't want to be painted with painters tape, then spray remaining area. Let dry completely before removing tape.

 
5WaysToDIYIt_CrystalChain

You can basically use any sparkly extras to add some glam to your chain. The ones above are just really inexpensive earrings that you can easily remove the posts from using wire cutters.

5WaysToDIYIt_FringeChain

Super glue the longest, most luxurious fringe trim you can find onto your chain to turn a simple piece into a major statement.

Have you ever made a DIY chain necklace? Or would you try one of the ideas above? Tell me all about it in the comments section!
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Top 10 Tuesday... Pink Lady

When I saw Emma Stone's pink-on-pink ensemble for last week's Met Ball, my heart literally stopped. The fresh combination of pink tones with her pale skin was just breathtaking. As a fellow fair maiden, I was excited to try these shades on myself, but the more I thought about it, I couldn't think of one skin tone on which this wouldn't look equally amazing (picture Lupita Nyong'o, Eva Mendes, Blake Lively... amazing, right?). So I'm devoting today's Top 10 to what I now dub "The Emma Stone," aka "The Pink Lady," aka the most universally amazing color combination of all time.  

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What do you think of the pink-on-pink look? Oh yes or hot mess? Let your vote be heard in the comments section!

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