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Hey BABs. A couple of days ago the fashion world lost one of its greatest treasures, Oscar de da Renta. Without a doubt one of the greatest designers to ever live, some would argue THE greatest. He was born Óscar Arístides Renta in 1932 in Santo Domingo to an affluent family. My fabulous editor gave me the idea to do a post dedicated to him. How do I even begin to commemorate the genius of this man? He dressed four First Ladies. FOUR. Oscar de la Renta had a career that spanned over 60 years, pretty amazing considering he started off by drawing clothes for newspapers when he was just 19. After the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain saw some of his sketches, she commissioned him to design a gown for her daughter. Eventually, that dress was on the cover of LIFE magazine. He then went to work under Cristóbal Balenciaga, another name synonymous with fashion. After that he worked for other big fashion houses like Balmain and Lanvin. I can’t even think of anyone that hasn’t dazzled us in a de la Renta gown (proof). And then there is his bridal wear which is second to none, ever (in my opinion). Just look at his most recent creation, made for Amal Alamuddin when she married George Clooney. It’s one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve EVER SEEN. He truly understood how to make a woman look and feel beautiful and did just that for many, many brides. You will be missed, Mr. de la Renta.
I chose “Alicia” from his 2014 bridal collection because of its beautiful, lace long sleeves. It’s fall and long sleeves are definitely in right now in bridal. A certain princess really popularized this style again in 2011 when married Prince William. This dress that I chose is definitely fit for a princess. It’s made from ivory silk faille and also has an ivory Chantilly lace overlay.
“Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.” (On designing Amal Alamuddin’s wedding gown.)
A-Line Wedding Dress With Lace Long Sleeves (Style: #WD-3272) $270 at GoodCheapWeddingDress.com
A-Line Satin Gown With Lace Overlay (Style: 80235) $288 at SimplyBridal.com
Mermaid Lace Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Long Sleeves (Style: WJLM-0058) $340 at Raining Blossoms
Net & Re-Embroidered Lace Gown With Long Sleeves (Style: 2439) $1,099 at BestBridalPrices.com
Vintage A-Line Gown With Floral Lace Overlay $1,100 at EllyaBoutique on Etsy
Long Sleeve Chantilly Lace Gown With Matching Shawl (Style: 77959) $1,309 at BestBridalPrices.com
Alencon Lace Gown With Beaded Embroidery (Style: F161069) $1,420 at BestBridalPrices.com
Soft Tulle & Corded Chantilly Lace Gown (Style: EK1001) $1,529 at BestBridalPrices.com
V-Neck Gown With Beaded Lace Overlay & Beaded Applique (Style: 2079) $1,575 at BestBridalPrices.com
I’ve included this a lot, but BHLDN really has some pretty sashes. As well as Etsy which has tons. Send me some requests, ladies! I’m always here to help you get over that pricey gown. Until next week BABs …
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R..I.P. Oscar de la Renta 1932-2014
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