In sad news for the sartorial world, innovative designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82 in Kent, Connecticut, his family confirmed to ABC News. Known for his use of luxurious and colorful fabrics, de la Renta began designing as a teenager after he became an apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga when he left his home country of the Dominican Republic to study art in Spain. Before starting his own line,he worked for Elizabeth Arden and Jane Derby in the 1960s. It was during this time that he became a couturier to Jacqueline Kennedy, and went on to design for every First Lady after her.
Beyond the line that carried his name, he worked for Balmain and Lanvin. In 2006, he added bridal wear to his label, most recently designing Amal Alamuddin‘s dress for her wedding to George Clooney. His creations became favorites of the rich and powerful, routinely dressing stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz and his close friend, Vogueeditor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It was recently announced that PeterCoppings, the former artistic director for Nina Ricci, would be taking over reigns as creative director of Oscar de la Renta, with his first collection to be unveiled in February.
Mr. de la Renta is survived by his wife Annette de la Renta, his stepchildren from his two marriages and an adopted son, Moises de la Renta. He also leaves behind an immense legacy and unforgettable fashions that still stand the test of time. Here are some of his most recent fabulous designs.
Wren, a Los Angeles based womenswear brand founded in 2007 by Melissa Coker, commissioned short filmmaker, Tatia Pilieve, and together asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time for their Fall14 collection.
With music by French singer and actress, Soko, ‘we might be dead tomorrow’ – this video project showcases the beauty of a ‘First Kiss‘. The couples’ reactions ranged from giddy excitement, nervous hesitation, adorable cautiousness, “…I’ll just follow your lead”, to sexy curiosity, etc.
I had to have watched this video more than 20 times, wrapped up in fascination; it’s an innocent voyeurism to be sure, but I bet the video will make anyone want to go grab someone for a smooch! I genuinely hope the couple at the 2:06 mark got together afterward, their chemistry was amazing!
On Twitter, PLEASE follow @wrenstudio, video by @tati_p, music by @soKothecat; and the lovely @Zeezerizer is the woman in that steamy pair at 2:06 (the one that hilariously asks, “what’s your name again?”)! I dare you not to love this, watch #FirstKissVideo and get it trending…and also? Take a moment to look at the chic clothing Wrenhas to offer on their website! Dipped in Cream LOVES Wren!
I first encountered Black Milk Clothing a little over a year ago. I was introduced by a friend to something that would quickly become the addiction I was warned about. If it sounds like I’m talking about a drug, well, you’re not far from wrong. Black Milk (James Lillis – designer and Cameron Parker – marketing/pimp daddy) is a company springing from Australia and they’re the purveyors of sick, slinky, sexy nylon wear with a definite edge. Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Fuck yes. Going back to a life before BM is simply not an option as I’ve been fully assimilated. Hello, I am a “Sharkie” aka a fierce devotee of all things Black Milk. But let’s talk about the “why” of that.
One of the things that makes the clothing line stand out, and is gaining them major traction on the ‘net these days, is their niche attention to geek detail in a way never before seen. Part of a fandom and need hot gear proclaiming that? BM has you covered, literally! If they don’t, they’re more than happy to take any and all suggestions from their Facebook community on what should be tackled next. *gasp* Whaaaaaat?! A quality company that actually listens to it’s customers and does it’s utmost best to satisfy them?! It’s true, this ain’t no Lululemon world! Along with excellent customer service (their staff is love), there’s the fact that BM has a very active presence on nearly every social media platform possible, where “Sharkies” can tag their fabulous outfits and get similarly pimped by the brand themselves. No need to wonder what “real” people look like wearing these clothes because the evidence is all right there! I mentioned quality and it’s truly no joke. James and Cam know that their reputation hinges, at the end of the day, on the actual products they provide which means they manufacture killer pieces built to hug you in all the right places and make you feel like “a hot little boss”.
So, yeah. Geekery. Somewhere along the way, Black Milk realized that a huge number of their fan base was made up of geeks. This, of course, includes their actual employees who may be some of my favorite people on earth! So they decided to start licensing images and crafting them into the kinds of clothes anyone would be happy to represent their fandom in. There’s been Star Wars, Harry Potter, Mass Effect, Lord of the Rings, etc. with Batman being the latest. But it’s what’s next, what I’ve been waiting six months for, that I’m most excited about: The Black Milk Game of Thrones collection! YES, MY DEARS, IT IS COMING (JUST LIKE WINTER FOR AUSSIE-LAND) AND JUST IN TIME FOR THE SEASON 4 PREMIERE ON APRIL 6TH. This collection is the reason I’ve been somewhat stringent with my BM purchases over the past couple of months; I need to buy all the things because, if you’ll remember, “I go hard”.
Now, this isn’t to say that Black Milk focuses solely on the nerdy! They remain true to their intended vision of creating lovely, unique designs for public consumption (proof: the “A-Sassy-Nation” bodysuit). It’s just also incredibly validating that an entity has finally realized how inspirational geek culture is and is willing to cater to that. Not to mention that the feeling of looking fabulous in nylon pretty much spoils you for anything else. *shrug*
Check out the promo video for the Game of Thrones collection:
GoT drops March 11th at 9am (Aussie time) at BlackMilkClothing.com, March 10th at 7pm (EST).