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Oscar de la Renta Dies

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The world is suddenly a lot less glamorous…

“Oscar de la Renta, who died this evening at age 82 after a long battle with cancer, was fashion’s favorite ladies’ man. His Latin-lover good looks, fascination with feminine style, strong color sense and impeccable social skills — a wonderful sense of humor among them — made him a court dressmaker to a large portion of the international set and a designer for First Ladies from the time of Betty Ford. He was a particular favorite of three of the last: Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush — and Michelle Obama recently donned one of his dresses at the White House event for fashion students.

While de la Renta could design clothes that were editorial darlings, his genius was in making women, regardless of their own intrinsic pulchritude, look and feel beautiful. Romantic, glamorous styles were his signature: tastefully extravagant, Paris-influenced, with an undercurrent of Latin pizazz. He was best-known for his designs for the Ladies Who Lunch, the likes of Babe Paley, C.Z. Guest and Marella Agnelli, along with a glittering constellation of other aristocrats and socialites, performers, broadcasters and top executives, who often became, not just customers, but friends. Yet de la Renta always remained current and in recent years, a younger set — who included actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner and Lea Michele — fell under his spell.

De la Renta was born July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. (As he once put it, “I am the only Third World designer.”) At 18, he went to Madrid to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando. There he began sketching for top Spanish fashion houses; before long, he was working with the legendary couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. De la Renta’s next stop was Paris, where he became a couture assistant to Antonio Castillo, then designer of Lanvin. As de la Renta recalled in 1979, “When I worked in Paris, Castillo and Balenciaga always had evening dresses inspired by Spanish peasants, flamenco; dresses taken from paintings by Goya, Zurbaran, Zuloaga; the bullring colors; the Princess of Eboli [a 16th-century Spanish beauty with an eye patch]. Balenciaga’s dresses never looked ethnic, like costumes.”

These descriptions also evoke the styles that made de la Renta’s name.” Source: By

Wish Book

Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2014

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Each year we anticipate what will be offered in the Neiman Marcus annual Christmas book. This is the 88th year for The Christmas Book. The wait is now over because the 2014 Christmas Book has arrived!

Of the 10 fantasy gifts, the lowest in price is a $25,000 custom-made silk peacock designed by Preston Bailey, who has thrown parties for the Trump family and Oprah Winfrey. On the pricier end is a $425,000 trip to the Oscars. The experience doesn’t actually include a trip to the Academy Awards, but it does include two tickets to the Vanity Fair after-party. It comes with a hotel suite in Beverly Hills, free meals, a personal stylist, loaner jewelry and a $5,000 gift card to Neimans for each of two attendees to buy clothing or shoes for the big night.

Another “experience” for sale in the Christmas Book is a five-day adventure to Mardi Gras in New Orleans for six couples. The $125,000 price tag comes with special restaurant reservations, a cottage in the French Quarter and a ride on a float in the Orpheus Parade, which ends with a black-tie ball called the “Orpheuscapade” put on in part by Harry Connick Jr.

Perhaps the flashiest fantasy gift in this year’s collection is the Maserati Ghibli S Q4, a car that goes zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds. Maserati will make just 100 of these cars, all of which come with a special Neiman Marcus logo inside. For those that are not ready to write a big check, they still offer a nice range of gifts under a $100.

All we want is this $35 faux-fur muff/ice scraper. It is a muff for holding your very cold hands. It’s really a missed opportunity for a clever tool and you will really understand why this is our biggest wish item, if you had cleaned your car in a freezing morning during the winter!

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Get Your Winter Wardrobe Ready

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As the weather turns cold, and as much as we don’t want it here, we have to prepare for the cooler temperatures to come. As we started scouting to get our new staple pieces for our winter wardrobe, we were overwhelmed with so many different options to choose from. Thankfully, Warehouse has made it easy to shop with a new season selection that has them all and we are loving their looks for the fall/winter 2014 and their dress selection is amazing!

These are the pieces at the top of my fall shopping list:

The perfect LBD that we all need in our closet. This black dress featuring a detachable tassel necklace with gold detailing. This evening dress has a cut-out back and fastens with a single button closure.

These classic skinny jeans are the perfect everyday pair; featuring a mid-rise, five pocket-styling and a super-stretchy construction for a comfortable fit. They don’t call them super-soft for nothing. To complete the look, make a statement in the colour block with this faux-fur coat. The coat features a collarless neckline, contrast lighting, two pockets and a leather-look belt. Isn’t gorgeous?

To get into this season’s biggest trend, this 60s-inspired mini skirt will be the piece to go. Constructed from colourful tweed and features two front pockets and fastens with an exposed zip at the back.

This sheepskin textured coat features a funnel neck, metal clasp fastenings and contrast paneling; finished with two side pockets and a mid-thigh length cut. Style the outfit with this ’90s-inspired leather-look pinafore dress that features a square neckline, thick straps and a pebbled texture; finished with a zip fastening.

This chic cape is the perfect Autumn/Winter cover up. The cape features an open front, super soft finish and all-over bold check design. Wear it on top of this classic animal print crew and a pair of girlfriend jeans featuring five pocket-styling and a mid wash.

Last but not least, this classic denim jacket will be your “it” item during the entire season as is easy to throw on top of any outfit, day or night. The jacket features a borg lined collar, front pockets, and a button-through front with a cropped fit.

Are you in winter mood now? We are! Head to Warehouse to shop your favorites!
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Runway

Louis Vuitton RTW Spring 2015

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“A beginning is a very delicate time,” delivered a Greek chorus of giant, attractive young faces that were projected onto glass screens at the start of the Louis Vuitton show. Their scale and sci-fi intonation continued the otherworldly aura of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton, which has its official opening later this month. The vast, multi angle, multi winged spaceship of a building looks inviting and imposing.

That juxtaposition — or was it a fusion? — of techno cool with the warm, nostalgic familiar presaged Nicolas Ghesquière’s second collection for Vuitton. Backstage before the event, the designer said he considered it an honor to show in the space but that he didn’t create the collection specifically to work within it. “Of course, I was projecting my work into the environment,” he said. “But it was not a direct reference to the space. It’s only been six months. I’m building that wardrobe, and I’m defining what is Louis Vuitton today, thinking about different moments for the multiple women I’m projecting for Louis Vuitton. But again, it’s, like, March. Not a big statement.”

He undersold. This collection was a huge step from fall’s pleasant transitional effort. That said, Ghesquière did, indeed, continue with the wardrobe-building template he established then. Here, he did it with greater range and flamboyance, even a dose of humor. He opened with beautiful, intricately wrought multi textured crochet and lace dresses, some played against slick geometrically patterned eel. These went two ways: clean and precise or fluid and girly. Yet Ghesquière has always been a pants guy. His most elegant looks were a pair of jackets over shaggy fur liners and shorts. Though ergonomic knee-pad detailing harkened back to Ghesquière’s past life in futuristic sci-fi fashion, he preferred to linger elsewhere. “Sure, there’s a hint of the Seventies,” he said. And not always the chicest hint — crushed velvet jeans, anyone?

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— what do you think? — were shown in numerous shapes and treatments, including a feisty red-on-black update of the monogram.

Fab and chic

Friday Favorite Finds

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If you feel fierce enough, get into these Sergio Rossi’s sandals crafted from a tactile combination of leopard-print calf hair and black suede, and topped with a velvet bow. Wear them with your favorite LBD.

Cold already? Frida Giannini channeled the swinging sixties for Gucci‘s Fall ’14 collection. This luxurious coat was hand-woven in Italy from the softest alpaca in a neutral sand hue. Echo the runway styling by pairing yours with mod knee boots.

Adorning everything from printed dresses to jewelry, keys are a major motif for Dolce & Gabbana‘s latest collection. Made in Italy, this playful gold-tone brass alloy keychain easily fastens to your favorite tote or carryall – it also makes a stylish gift.

For those bitter cold mornings or nights out, Donna Karan’s chunky-knit cashmere and silk-blend style is a luxe choice for this season’s sweater-dressing trend. Designed in a hushed off-white hue that borders on light-gray, it has thick ribbed trims, a draped turtleneck and split sides that make it easy to slip on. Dress it up with slick leather pants.

The exquisite Japanese craftsmanship of these Linda Farrow optical glasses ensures you’ll treasure them for years to come. Made from amber-hued tortoise shell acetate and complemented by gold-plated titanium pins, these softly curved cat eye frames are universally flattering.

We love the retro feel of Pierre Hardy‘s color-block pale-blue, tan and beige leather bag. Perfect for every day, it boasts enough room to store essentials, plus a diary or an e-reader. Use the adjustable shoulder strap to style it cross-body.

Looking for a new pair of nesting tables that will warm up your living room? This pair of teak and resin nesting tables with polished nickel base will sure get that sunny feel into your room!

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