That would be Oscar de la Renta, now the subject of a gorgeous retrospective at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Yesterday I went down to the City to feast my little eyes on all his beautiful designs and it was a really wonderful show. My friend Diane picked me up at 8:30 and off we went through pouring rain that, blessédly, turned into sunshine a bit later in the morning. Here are just a few of the many, many selections in the show ~ a total of over 100, I believe. Needless to say the place was jammed with admirers, mostly women but a sprinkling of men, but most in tow with their spousal units.
|Nice nautical look for my arrival at the beach|
|A little something for evenings at home|
|Hand beaded with pink, teal and silver crystals.|
|Black lace and silk taffeta, very slight bustle in the back to make a tiered skirt. Note the hat. Very Spanish.|
This was one of my favorites. The skirt is made of silk taffeta in a wonderful rust-burgundy color with ruffles that make it look like a huge flower. I don't know how one would get through a doorway, for example, or actually sit down comfortably. But it looks terrific. Very plain black silk fitted jacket.
|Teal silk satin evening cape|
|Yellow silk satin under the teal cape. Stunning use of colors and fabrics; lots of jewel tone satin throughout the show.|
The little train on this silk taffeta dress is lined in hot pink satin. The contrast is absolutely delicious1
|Another gown for an evening out ~ where, I couldn't say.|
This dress has beautiful hand-embroidered carnations strewn across it. It's white silk satin, so simple and elegant. I'll take it!
Just a small sampling of the whole collection. A couple of really fabulous wedding dresses, lots of gold lamé-type fabrics, beading, glitter and furs. Mostly evening clothes; not many go-to-work stuff. Oh, I guess most of those who were dressed by him didn't do that sort of thing.
We then moseyed down the road to the Beach Chalet for a lovely, leisurely lunch and a lot of catch-up talk.
|Windy, so lots of whitecaps on the ocean|
So that's how I spent my Wednesday. I loved every minute of it. And we got all the world's problems if not solved, at least addressed in a calm and rational manner. How's that for a new idea?