Tag Archive: Oscar de la Renta

Apr 30 2014

Shopping: The Outnet’s 5th Birthday Collection

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Can you believe that The Outnet is only 5 years old? For me it seems to have been around for as long as its higher-end, exclusive big sister Net-a-Porter, and it really has come a long way since its days as just a clearance outlet. Yeah it has always been the place to go for a designer bargain but the past 18-months or so I have really found it a go-to site when shopping for any occasion, not only for discounted gear but also for its Iris & Ink in-house collection of luxury staples and its accessories are always so incredible, my last few designer handbags have come from The Outnet.

So to celebrate its 5th Birthday, The Outnet has teamed up with 17 amazing designers including Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Chloé and J.W.Anderson to produce a collection featuring their re-issued, best-loved pieces and I basically want everything!!!

A few weeks ago I got to check out the collection, basically imagined spending away my wedding fund, and styled up a few of my favourite pieces, which is hard when the line also includes Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood and Haizhen Wang and starts at just £130.

Of course I instantly fell in love with the accessories – the Squeeze It’ patent-leather Alexander McQueen clutch is to-die-for, I love it so much and the £357 price-tag isn’t bag for a classic piece like this, and pair it with those Nicholas Kirkwood panelled suede heels for £318 and you have some killer accessories to jazz up any look. I also loved the classic dark-brown Chloé wedges, a bargain at £225, I think these will be an instant sell-out, as will the statement Oscar de la Renta resin and gold-tone floral necklace, £265.14082714225 ecb54725af o Shopping: The Outnets 5th Birthday Collection %tag

If I had to pick a look from the collection that I would love to wear I think it would have to be the Haizhen Wang black leather jacket, the shape at the back is gorgeous, teamed with the romantic floral-print silk-jacquard Jason Wu dress, paired with those stunning Nicholas Kirkwood heels, and the bold red Oscar de la Renta necklace. I would love to throw in the McQueen clutch but that might just be a little too much!!!

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There were also a couple of great looks to wear to a summer wedding for an elegant affair why not try Roland Mouret’s sky-blue O’Hara dress, the colour and fit of this dress is perfection, I really love the folded neck detailing and exposed zip down the back. While a cool, hip wedding you could go for this fun printed silk and moiré pencil Preen by Thornton Bregazzi skirt, team with a white blouse or a crisp white T-shirt and bright accessories.

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There are just so many options with this fabulous limited edition collection, but trust me don’t wait around long I think most of these pieces will be instant sell-outs.

Which The Outnet 5th Birthday collection pieces do you have your eye on?

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[Pics: courtesy of The Outnet and taken by me, Fashionista Barbie]

Mar 03 2014

Oscars 2014: Jennifer Garner In Oscar de la Renta

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Where: At the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California

Wearing: A silver tulle tiered fringe Oscar de la Renta gown with micro bugle and bead embroidery, teamed with a OdlR silver crown Goa clutch, diamond bracelets and delicate drop earrings from Forevermark

Verdict: When I saw this dress on the red carpet I wasn’t blown away, normally I really love flapper-inspired gowns, but this dress didn’t seem showy enough for the Oscars or for one of my favourite actress who always has an elegance about her.

Don’t get me wrong this beaded gown is nice, exquisitely made, and even though it did shimmer better on the Oscar stage than on the red carpet – this dress just wasn’t enough. Maybe I being very picky, or maybe because there were a handful of other looks that I loved more, for once Jennifer Garner just didn’t make my best dressed list.

But can I say that her side-swept hair and loose waves and flawless make-up was one of the best of the night – simply gorgeous. Plus I loved her bright red nails.

Were you taken with Jennifer Garner’s flapper-inspired look?

[Pic: facebook.com/oscardelarenta]

Nov 25 2013

American Music Awards: Katy Perry In Oscar de la Renta

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Who: Katy Perry

Where: At the 2013 American Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California

Wearing: A black strapless polka dot Oscar de la Renta sheer tulle gown, featuring embroidered flowers from the spring/summer 2014 collection, teamed with Olympia Le-Tan ‘Webster’s New World Dictionary’ book clutch and a statement pink cocktail ring

Verdict: I love how Katy Perry can mix elegance with her quirky personality. This gown is gorgeous, I love the dots and floral appliqués, as well as the sheer tulle overlay to the skirt. But for me it is the styling that I love the most – from the Old Hollywood waves to her hair to the bold matte-red lippy, and most of all that spectacular Olympia Le-Tan box clutch.

I am a little bag/clutch obsessed and my wishlist is filled with these statement Olympia Le-Tan box clutches, they are whimsical, quirky, and gorgeously constructed – but at £1000 they are a little out of my price range, but they are pretty to look at and it is always nice to see them on the red carpet.

You can actually pick up Katy Perry’s ‘Webster’s New World Dictionary’ box clutch for £1749.51 via Farfetch - and I couldn’t resist picking out a few of my other favourites:

[Pic: via facebook.com/oscardelarenta]

Nov 14 2013

Floral Beauty: Blake Lively In Oscar de la Renta

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Who: Blake Lively

Where: At the 2013 ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s’ event in New York City

Wearing: A white silk faille floral woodblock printed Oscar de la Renta gown featuring sorbet threadwork and sequin embroidery from the spring/summer 2014 collection, teamed with an Oscar de la Renta sorbet crystal necklace and nude Christian Louboutin heels

Verdict: I am in love with this off-the-shoulder romantic floral number by Oscar de la Renta. Not only is it beautiful, the embroidery and floral design is divine, it is nice to see a different side to Blake Lively – maybe her fashion choice was down to the fact she was accompanying her hubbie, Ryan Reynolds.

It is hard to pull off this bell-shape silhouette, but I think Blake does it with ease and looks charming and elegant – for me this beautiful gown is like a work of art.

Finishing off her look Blake stuck to the runway styling teaming her gorgeous gown with a sequinned necklace also by Oscar de la Renta, which added a modern touch to the vintage-vibe of the dress.

As well as loving the gown, her hair and make-up is also adorable and flawless, her loose, half-up hairdo looked perfection.

I have really been missing Blake Lively on the red carpet – hopefully she will make more appearances in the run up to award season.

[Pic: via facebook.com/oscardelarenta]

Aug 09 2013

Cover Loving: Nina Dobrev In Dior For Cosmopolitan

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There have been some different poses on the September issues – there was Kate Perry doing the Flamingo for ELLE UK, the criss-cross legs and arms craziness of Jennifer Aniston for US Glamour, and then a pose I think Tyra Banks would be impressed with – the lovely Nina Dobrev doing the ‘oops my shoe just came off’ on the cover of US Cosmopolitan.

The Vampire Diaries star looks absolutely incredible on the cover in a gorgeous houndstooth Dior dress teamed with matching Valentino heels – this awkward pose isn’t easy to pull off but she really does it with ease while keeping her face and expression looking amazing. Plus I don’t normally care so much about the cover lines, but I do love how Cosmo wrapped them perfectly to show off her flawless figure.

I think I just love how Cosmo this cover is!!!

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Shot by Matthias Vriens-McGrath and styled by Aya Kanai, the cover story continues to impress inside with a fashion editorial featuring looks from Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, more Valentino, and that Gucci dress that everyone can’t get enough of – we’ve seen Jennifer Lopez in it, Olivia Wilde and Chloë Moretz.

My favourite look though has to be this gorgeous Michael Kors with the orange skirt teamed with those hot laced-up boots in front of such a picturesque background - plus her hair, braided to the side is just divine.

Are you a fan of Nina Dobrev’s debut Cosmo cover?

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Feb 25 2013

Oscars 2013: Amy Adams In Oscar de la Renta

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Where: At the 85th Annual Academy awards held in Los Angeles

Wearing: A strapless pale blue Oscar de la Renta gown with full ruffled skirt, teamed with a diamond bracelet and drop earrings

Verdict: I do love a Princess moment, as you know, and this is Amy Adams. It is a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown, I love the never-ending ruffle tiers, I adore the sweetheart neckline, I love the drama of the huge train, I just wish that Amy wasn’t so afraid of colour.

The icy blue is nice, it works against her skintone and her auburn hair, I just would have like to have seen her embrace a little more colour. I am just being picky – as a bright shade would have made this one of my best dressed looks of the night.

But come if you can’t go for an over the top gown like this at the Oscars when can you!!!

[Pic: via Oscar de la Renta]

Jan 28 2013

SAG Awards: Jennifer Garner Sparkles In Oscar de la Renta

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Who: Jennifer Garner

Where: At the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles

Wearing: A strapless gold sequinned Oscar de la Renta gown from the pre-fall 2013 collection, teamed with gold David Webb jewellery

Verdict: I love, love, love it when Jennifer Garner gets all glammed up, she really does know how to work the red carpet at major award ceremonies and this gown is one of my favourite from last night’s SAG Awards.

I always love seeing gold sparkles on the red carpet, and I love it even more when it is full on glam like this structured OdlR gown.

I also love the contrast of her soft wavy hair-do with the structured, intricately embroidered gown, totally worked for me, and I am so glad that she kept her jewellery minimal this gown didn’t need anything else really to make it shine.

Do you like Jennifer’s glam look?

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[Pics: Courtesy of SAG Awards by Jason Merritt/WireImage & Oscar de la Renta Facebook]
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