Tag Archives: Oscar de la Renta

Shall We Picnic?


Texas cowgirls circa 1930s

A couple on motorcycle trip, circa 1930s

Circa 1940’s

Circa 1940’s

1960’s Family Picnic

Sophia Loren Covers Life Magazine

New Yorkers picnic in style, Fire Island circa 1962

Carven                          Stella McCartney                            Kenzo

Oscar de la Renta, Resort 2013

Oscar de la Renta, Resort 2013

Erdem, Resort 2013

Chanel, Resort 2013

Vogue China

Vogue China

Vogue China

Vogue India

Vogue India

Vogue India

CO-OP Barneys NY striped shirt-dress and J-Crew Bucket hat

Steven Alan Gidget Top and Stella McCartney Paisley Shorts

Acne Sigmund sunglasses

J. Crew Globe Trotter Suitcase

A Fashion Rust Dress available @ Modcloth.com

Simply Marvelous Dress available @ Modcloth.com

11 Inch In Patent Lilac, The Leather Satchel Co.

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Victoria, Victoria Beckham raincloud-emblazened sheath

Michelle Williams in Victoria, Victoria Beckham raincloud-emblazened sheath

So I officially want to be best friends with Michelle Williams.  Not only to borrow her amazingly sweet wardrobe, but just to be in the presence of someone who seems so kind and charming in a very gentle manner.  Now about this dress-I don’t know if I could dream up anything cuter and more charmingly nostalgic.  I mean seriously, way to take a basic silhouette and make it completely one of a kind!  Always a fan of collared necks, I love how this little number distributes a perfect ratio of creamy white,  a good-humored print, and  touch of sparkle.  I agree with her choice of simple black heels and no jewelry, letting the dress do all the talking.  Williams wears this beauty with ease and contagious smile, the perfect accessory!

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Haute Hippie mini and cropped black blazer

Oh Sarah Michelle, nice try honey.  But this look just isn’t working for me.  The basic idea behind it is fine- a sparkling black and gold mini with a black blazer, though the particular separates she chose don’t mesh well, not to mention rather ill-fitting.  I know for a fact that this girl has a knockout body, but this outfit adds 15, 20 pounds easily.  She could do so much better, much sexier, and much more flattering and I’m hoping that for her next public appearance she will.  This  outfit would be best suited on a 13 year old girl making her debut at her Bat Mitzvah.

10 Crosby by Derek Lam

Diane Kruger in 10 Crosby by Derek Lam

Diane Kruger is one of my favorites, because not only does she behold the beauty of a poised goddess, she takes fashion risks and does so brilliantly.  Here in this 10 Crosby by Derek Lam look, she does a fine job of making this look her own.  I happen to be a big fan of stripes and florals together and this is exception.  However, I’m not so keen on the dress poking out under the skirt?  It keeps your eye moving back and forth and not in a good evened out sort of way, more in a confused “wait, what?” sort of way.  But that could just be me, and I still give her props for not playing it too safe.  Last, but not least I dig the sandals; I always agree with a palette of green, black, and yellow.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta dress and Leather Jacket

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta dress and Leather Jacket

Oh Sarah Jessica, what do I say… Good try?  All this looks like is a way too long nightgown made from an 80’s prom dress fabric, then she goes all Michael Jackson on us with the jacket and those gloves!?  Nothing about this is okay.  Better luck next time.

Krysten Ritter in Peter Som

I would like to apologize to Peter Som on behalf of Krysten Ritter.  Mr. Som, you are a lovely designer, it’s really too bad this usually cute actress does a sham of a job representing you at your Fall 2012 show!  I mean, what is there to this dress besides managing to looking like a potato sack?  And don’t even get me started on the  mismatched purple accessories!

Rooney Mara in Louis Vuitton

Rooney Mara knows how to impress in this impeccably tailored Louis Vuitton beauty.  The emerald green is the perfect, yet subtle quality of this dress to take it from basic to arousing and elegant.  The shoes are alright, I guess.  I don’t hate them, but I think I’d prefer to see this dress paired with some classic kitten heels in the same gorgeous emerald shade to enhance the charmingly humble vibe of the dress.

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Special Shout Out… Antonio Lopez

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Sadly, the Puerto Rican artist's life was cut short like many of his peers in the fashion industry do to suffering from AIDS. Though his legacy lives on as one of the 20th century's most influential Fashion Illustrators.

Now for some of my favorite illustrations by Antonio Lopez.

Vogue UK, 1970

Vogue UK, 1970

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French Elle

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psychedelic Antonio Lopez

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courtesy of http://wewastetime.wordpress.com/

courtesy of http://fashionartandeverything.blogspot.com

courtesy of trendland.net

courtesy of trendland.net

Elle, May 1967

These last 3 full page images are my absolute favorite!  Everything from the color, to the nonchalant facial expressions, to the simply portrayed activities of the everyday fashionista- pure brilliance.  I think I may paint the walls of my future house with these ingenious illustrations.

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Some cute looks from Paris

So just as Fall Fashion Week is quickly approaching, the couture labels have been showing their latest masterpieces.  Some lovely ladies who are privileged enough to attend such fancy events have showed up in some super cute getups.

Alexa Chung in Louis Vuitton

courtesy of style.com

Catherine Baba

Diane Kruger

Kruger is one of my favorites and this look is super cute, though I can’t help but feel something is maybe a bit off?  Perhaps more skin is needed to balance out the look.  I think the only thing I’d change is swap the over the knee stockings for ankle socks.  But it doesn’t bother me that much, she still owns it.

Clemence Poesy

Kate Moss at Prada after party

Kate Moss at Prada after party

Abbie Cornish at Louis Vuitton

This LV dress is a chic combination of super sweet and bad ass, and I bet in person it’s a real peace of art.  I don’t however think Cornish is completely getting away with it.  The dress is wearing her more than she is wearing it and I sort of feel the need to help her rethink the styling of it; starting by getting rid of the ribbon and adding a bold belt.  It’s a shame though, I’d love to see this dress on the likes of someone like Kirsten Dunst or maybe the adorable Elle Fanning.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld in Miu Miu

This girl is really something and I foresee an exceptionally noteworthy  style  in her years to come.  She kills it as the face of Miu Miu and always pleases me.   I feel that she deserves extra props for her styling decisions because she’s only 15 and has thus far managed to always look age appropriate, yet total fashion plate.  I look forward to see more of this young lady.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde in Oscar de la Renta

There’s no denying this dress is a beauty.  I really wish she went with different shoes, because these weird black ones really hurt the whole look.  My first choice would be patent leather beige kitten heels.  The dress is the main event here, let’s not weigh it down with jelly looking things one might wear to the beach.

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Hats Off to Pre-Fall 2012!

Oscar de la Renta

Rag & Bone

Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne

I’ve always been a hat girl, cause it goes with my motto: “the more layers the better.” Loving the head scarves at Rag & Bone, and definitely have to give a shout out to the Spodik inspired toppers at Jenni Kayne. A Spodik is a tall fur hat worn by Hasidic Jewish married men.

Rag & Bone; Spodik

I’m all for functional fashion (done chicly), and this headpiece is sure to at least keep you warm in the brutal cold, not to mention serve as a bit of a badass stunner. That is unless you are in fact sporting it in addition to Payot (long side-locks), Tzitzis, and on your way to Temple.

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