September 7, 2012
Paying Tribute to Couturier Oscar de la Renta
Thursday of this week marked the start of New York Fashion Week, the exciting preview of all the fabulous outfits that will be on sale next spring. I just love all the colorful catwalk shows and wonderful parties that take place during this event. On Wednesday, before all of the festivities got underway, I was thrilled to attend a celebration for fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Couture Council. About 1,000 people gathered at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City to pay tribute to the Dominican Republic-born designer. Oscar de la Renta launched his fashion line in 1965 and he soon became famous when he was chosen as one of the couturiers who would dress Jacqueline Kennedy. Throughout the years, his fashions have flourished and today, de la Renta’s eponymous fashion house continues dressing women in the most exquisite clothing and accessories.
1 Entering the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center
2 Here I am with trial lawyer, Michael Kennedy.
3 Designer Isabel Toledo in a moire or faux bois printed coat
4 Everyone was smiling and happy at this fashion event.
5 Two beauties wearing Oscar de la Renta - Barbara Regna and Tiffany Khoury
6 Short dresses and long legs - the best combination!
7 The Great Hall Promenade is a perfect venue for events, like this. I recently attended a festive evening for Ralph Lauren in this same space and also the opening of the ballet and other events.
8 The tables were colorful and beautiful and there were close to a thousand guests.
9 This event was catered by Glorious Food. The first course was a papaya filled with balls of melon tossed in lime juice.
10 The man of honor, Oscar de la Renta, is a most attractive, sexy, and talented designer and very deserving of any honor!
11 Pamela Fiore, the legendary editor, was sitting next to Susan Magrino, my long-time publicist, who looked great in Oscar.
12 The elegant program
13 Dr. Joyce Brown, the president of Fashion Institute of Technology, gave greetings.
14 The multi-tiered photo 'gallery'
15 Two monumental sculptures flank the great hall - 'Circus Women' sculpted by Elie Nadelman - 1931 - carved from a single block of Carrera marble.
16 A great dress on a great body!
17 My hostess, Sarah Wolfe
18 I wore Valentino with my Mikimoto pearls. I am posing with Evie Evangelou, co-founder and global chair of Fashion 4 Development.
19 Stefano Tonci - Editor of W, Sarah Wolfe, and Alex Gonzalez - Creative Director of W
20 Mayor Bloomberg bestowed the honor and the guest of honor, Oscar's wife Annette de la Renta, is talking to Henry Kissinger. To Mr. Kisssinger's left is the Mayor's girlfriend, Diane Taylor.
21 Mayor Bloomberg and the president of FIT, Dr. Joyce Brown
22 I stopped by to say hello and congratulations for such an amazing turnout.
23 The great Kenneth Jay Lane, the famous jewelry designer
24 The publicist, Peggy Siegal, photographed from afar
25 Liz Peek, the investment analyst and journalist, introduced Mayor Bloomberg.
26 Michael Bloomberg gave an enlightening and very funny speech before presenting the honor to Oscar de la Renta.
27 The Mayor joked that de la Renta's designs 'have been to more award shows than Meryl Streep.'
28 Oscar de la Renta declared himself 'an extremely lucky man' and his main message was that 'a designer needs training, and more training to be proficient and excellent at his craft.'
29 The gentleman on the left Sean Driscoll, the founder of Glorious Food caterers. He has fed nearly every socialite many, many times!