Who Will Be The Successor of Oscar de la Renta? The fashion clock is constantly ticking. This means that fads and come and go, your favorite runway seasons become a distant past, and in this case, aging designers say goodbye to their throne. The man who started his career training beneath Cristóbal Balenciaga and who had tenures at the hem of Lanvin and Balmain is looking someone fit to take over his empire. Oscar de la Renta, who is now 81-years-old, is looking for a worthy successor. Oscar has been described as “a comet on the American style scene” (Voguepedia) and is well-known for his overtly glamourous and dangerously debonair style.
Some famous names are in the talks of becoming the new creative director at Oscar de la Renta. Designer names such as John Galliano, Olivier Theyskens and Prabal Gurung have been circling around the fashion world. It is obvious that de la Renta wants a top designer to take over the company as a creative director. With a constant game of fashion musical chairs and designers taking on the challenge of creating for two houses at the same time, sometimes in two different countries (ie. Alexander Wang and Balenciaga) the concern is, if de la Renta wants someone who is solely dedicated to the brand, or someone who will design for two labels at the same time.
The biggest name among the rumors is Galliano. Galliano and de la Renta have collaborated in the past and de la Renta was the first to openly lend a Galliano helping hand after his downfall while at Christian Dior. Unfortunately, negotiations have been broken off and Galliano will not be taking a permanent position at the studio. The problem was that Galliano and de la Renta executives failed to negotiate on accurate money matters. A source said, “The team at Oscar was not willing to put up the money to pay for the design team John needed, such as the cutters and other specialist support staff for his atelier. Money was the biggest factor which held up the negotiations, and they couldn’t reach an agreement, although John and Oscar remain very good friends. John is grateful that Oscar gave him a second chance” (PageSix).Thus, search continues for a talented successor. I hope to see someone as meticulous as Oscar take over - someone who can bring a youthful touch, yet visualize the classic Oscar de la Renta woman we all know. Not many are fit for that job description, but I would love to see Olivier Theyskens given the opportunity to design for this major fashion house. His designs are dramatic and romantic; I could see him successfully leading the brand into a new era of Oscar de la Renta. Who do you see fit to take over?
Romantic dresses at Sophie Theallet photographed by Taylor Aube
I remember as I was waiting backstage at the show, EVERYONE was speaking French. From Anais Mali chatting up famed hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai to fashionably clad français mingling over some cocktails, it all reminded me of my adventures in Paris.
I had returned to the US about a month before, so I was eavesdropping on every conversation I could hear. I wanted to join the conversations because I had SO much to say, but I was too shy. There were two older women sitting next to me talking about Paris. I decided that my will was stronger than my fear so I politely entered the conversation, saying that I just moved back from studying in abroad in the city of love. They were delighted and we all started talking. The look on French people’s faces when I speak French is priceless. They always have a huge smile and encouraging eyes. I know they are happy to hear me trying to speak their language. It gives me confidence in the strangest way.
So anyways, us three were talking about Paris, how romantic it is and all the amazing things to do there. I was telling them that I went to Paris Fashion Week before, but that was my first time at New York Fashion Week. One of the women asked me if I had heard of the designer before. I said I knew well known people like Michelle Obama have worn the designs before and the designer is French, and maybe that’s why there were so many French people backstage.
Suddenly, a PR person came over and said “Sophie, we are ready,” and at that everyone scattered to where they needed to be. One of the women got up and smiled at me as she walked backstage.
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The Quarter-Life Crisis
So they’ve pushed you 13-17 years through the education system and unless you are going to continue that streak with grad school or med school, it’s off into the real world we go. The problem is, how does a 21-year-old like myself apply everything I’ve learned in those many years of schooling into real life? Life is much more complicated than the typical human being’s status quo - getting an education, finding a job, starting a family, and hopefully, living happily ever after.
A lot of the problem is that you know what you want to do, but you don’t know the steps on how to get there. There is a misunderstanding between the notions of the societal pressures we face as the leading generation of young workers and entrepreneurs and the fact that, if we don’t live up to society’s expectations we won’t amount to anything. These concerns are flying through my mind, and many other soon-to-be graduates. There is a huge pressure on people my age who, fresh out of the education system’s womb, need to find what we want to do and get paid a great salary. Well sometimes you just don’t know what you want to do and then you start to have existential headaches. To put it plain and simple you ask yourself, “What the fuck am I going to do with my life?” Thus we have a quarter-life crisis. And unfortunately we don’t have enough money to buy a bright yellow Porsche boxster to make us feel better about our underachievements.
The one thing I fear most in life is having a monotonous 9-5 job. I don’t want to wake up at 7AM just to wait in traffic for two hours. I don’t want to have a 30 minute lunch break only to find that someone rummaged through my brown paper bag and stole my favorite apple sauce, along with the plastic spoon to eat it. I don’t want to, as T.S. Eliot said perfectly, “measure my life with coffee spoons.”
So what do I want, you may ask. I want expressive freedom over my life. I want to wake up every morning and create and innovate. I want to fulfill everyday knowing that I was happy and exercised my brain to it’s highest potential. I’ve always been the type of girl to do everything in my own unique way. In fact, the complete opposite of what society expects of me. If everyone was buying nude stilettos for spring, I would opt for a fluorescent green pair. My biggest problem in life wasn’t figuring out what I wanted to do, but rather, what I was good at. Now with the word “talent,” I often think of what I can do well enough to be able to get up on stage and perform my quirky trick in order to win people over. But talent resides in more than meets the eye. It took me a long time to find out what I was good at and it wasn’t until recently I realized my talent.
I love to write. I wouldn’t necessarily say that writing is my talent, because there are authors, poets and intellectuals around the world that would scoff at my grammar mistakes. Instead I think my talent is storytelling. I have the ability to take words and entrance people’s minds with visuals, rhetoric and anecdotes. With my talent, I want to find a job in freelance journalism and even write my own book one day. Now that isn’t the most sane of career paths in terms of paying back student loans or even affording rent, but it is one that I know will fulfill me and lead towards personal growth. It’s not what is expected of me. But I know I’m going to do something great, even if I followed a different path than everyone else.
If you are having a quarter-life crisis, it is important that you find out what you are good at. This could be anything. Seriously, anything. Someone or something has a need for your skill in the world, so don’t feel detached. When you have a strong sense of your talents, it will be easier to apply what you are good at, to what you think want to do in life. Knowing that you are good at something will lead to higher self-confidence. Also, don’t feel like you need to fit into the mold of the “status quo human being.” Just because you aren’t some hot-shot CEO of a company with an Ivy League degree doesn’t mean you didn’t live your life to your highest aspirations. Remember that there isn’t one formula to be successful. As long as you are taking your talents and using them to the best of your capabilities, you are doing just fine.
Deep breathe. Start exercising your talents. Think of how to apply them to your future. You got this. Crisis averted!