Exhibitions and Ensembles: Exploring the Oscar de la Renta Exhibition

When a designer leaves this world, he leaves behind his imprints through the garments he crafted. The garments become a treasury of creativity, a gallery that pays homage to his legacy. Two years ago, Oscar de la Renta passed according to the DeYoung Museum website; Today, he lives on through his fashion house that continues to thrive in his name, and his designs. A collection of some of his best are currently on display at the DeYoung museum in San Francisco. On Friday, I attended this exhibition known as Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective.



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The exhibit was a journey through five decades of Oscar de la Renta’s design and his global inspiration from several centuries, according to the De Young Museum. I found it incredibly fascinating that Oscar de la Renta was able to adopt so many global and historical influences like eighteenth century France (think Versailles and Marie Antoinette) and nineteenth century Russian bridal and turn them into a wearable wardrobe for the timeless woman. In fact, this magician act of transcending different time periods decades ago, and still holding prominence through those pieces today makes Oscar de la Renta immortal. Time doesn’t define his work, and neither does death.

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The power of Oscar de la Renta’s legacy also rests in his genuine genius; He was a designer that capitalized the importance of making clothes the every day woman would want to wear, rather than “making a splash on the runway” according to Oscar de la Renta’s own words. However, the clothes he designed ensured that the everyday woman would “make a splash” in their daily lives. Even after his passing two years ago, Oscar de la Renta’s clothing continues to be regarded as wearable art that manages to bring glamour to a woman’s life.

Just being in the presence of all 120 garments at the museum including Taylor Swifts Met Gala 2014 pink bow gown and Annette de la Renta’s personal collection were enough to increase the glitz and glamour of my day by tenfold. However, it took everything in me not to touch the daywear and evening gowns of one of my favorite designers.

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To finish off our classy day, my mother and I went for coffee and lunch at Rose’s Café in SF. This cute little Italian eatery has some Parisian café flair with its street-side seating—checkered chairs and marble tables included. I absolutely adored sipping on my rose latte while taking in the pastel buildings and crisp air San Francisco has to offer. As it is my favorite American city and Oscar de la Renta is one of my favorite designers, the outing could not be more perfect. Add a French/Italian café to the mix, lovely company, and a chic outfit, and the day only became lovelier.

I decided to bring some London to San Fran with my Ted Baker cape from Selfridges. This charcoal grey one is perfect for the spring, but versatile enough for fall and winter as well. For the spring in particular, the cape looks exquisite against my floral button down and black trousers. For those final European touches, I am wearing my signature kate spade pink bow purse and loafers.

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Nothing said welcome back to America like a trip to San Francisco with a fashionable agenda. If you get the chance, I highly recommend checking out the exhibit. Through Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospetive, you truly witness the exceptional talent and heart of the designer.

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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