Hi guys, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Today I’m excited to share with you my Saturday adventure I had with my mom and sister. We got to see the Oscar De La Renta Retrospective at the deYoung museum in San Fransisco on opening day!!!! I was so excited, seriously I’ve been waiting for this for about seven months. I found out this was happening because I was searching for a biography on Oscar, but was having a hard time finding one and then I came across an announcement from the deYoung that this exhibit would be happening in spring 2016.
Oscar De La Renta is one of my favorite designers of all time. I always looked forward to seeing his pieces on the red carpet during award season. I was bummed out when he passed away in 2014, but his amazing talents and pieces of art will be remembered forever. Oscar had a really classic and elegant style; he really knew how to create amazing pieces that made the women who wore them feel elegant and gorgeous. Be prepared for photos galore because I took a ton!
I believe the main reason I love Oscar’s style so much because there is a classic element to his pieces while adding little details like embroidery or embellishment with accent jewels, beads, or studs. I like to keep my outfits really simple with either a statement piece or tiny detail that adds something special so I think the classic style lover that I am really admires Oscar’s style. He’s innovative while also utilizing the classic styles. During an audio tour there, I learned that Oscar was all about the fabric. He liked keeping the silhouettes simple and as he believed that the key to a great piece was in the fabric. One great example is a light green outfit Oscar made that was inspired by Asian culture. If you look at the fabric, you will notice it is really detailed and incorporates an almost silky and sparkly element that is then embellished on the ends.
One of the most impressive facts about Oscar is that he didn’t study fashion at an institute. He learned all of his skills at a sew shop in Spain. To see the detail, style, and amazing pieces of art that his fashion pieces are and learn that he developed all of this just from working in a shop is incredible. He had a natural talent that was refined for years to create some of the most beautiful and intricate dresses I’ve ever seen. It’s so difficult to pick which dress I loved the most, I’ll talk you through some of my favorites.
If you couldn’t tell black is one of my favorite colors, I feel like a gorgeous black dress is really classic, chic, and just sophisticated. I also love lace, actually that’s an understatement; I adore lace. So as soon as I saw this black lace Spanish cultured inspired dress, I was in love. I think it is so gorgeous and it’s totally something I would wear if I could. Another black dress I loved had a gorgeous white embroidered pattern paired with embellished beads. Something about this dress just screams instant elegance.
This dress is quite a statement. It’s called the storm. Oscar was always inspired by nature, which is a main theme he tried to incorporate into his designs with vibrant colors. This dress definitely reminds me of a rain storm, especially since it has been nonstop raining in the Bay for a week. I love how the messy placement of the fabric reminds me of high strong winds and the colors are just so accurate to the dark clouds that roll in right before it begins to pour.
If you love fashion, have an eye for design, or were a fan of Oscar De la Renta, I highly recommend taking the time to go see this Retrospective. It will be at the deYoung until May 30th! If do you go to this exhibit, definitely do the audio tour. Usually I’m not a fan of that, but my mom suggested we do it. Great idea mom! We learned so much about Oscar and the story behind certain dresses that we wouldn’t have learned if we didn’t do the audio tour. My opinion: I think it really adds to the experience. I hope you enjoyed reading my experience at this exhibit, let me know in the comments which dress is your favorite and if you have a favorite designers!