Brilliant Royal Blue | Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2017 Collection A Majestic Look at Royal Blue

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Zang Toi F/W 2017

Zang Toi F/W 2017

With the thematic overture of “Brilliant Royal Blue”, Zang Toi’s guests knew, in part, what to expect before the first model stepped onto the runway.  However, with chignons and red lipstick, models began to flow down the runway in exquisite designs that no one could have quite imagined.  Every single design made a proclamation that this collection was special because it was truly and simply exquisite.

The collection was divided into two parts: daywear and evening wear.  Muted colors, especially those designs presented in all black, showed off the intensity of the royal blue theme.  Some daywear designs consisted of leather pants, jackets with fur on the sleeves, a double-breasted black satin jacket, and cashmere loungewear, both in black and in white. Throughout the collection, models were wearing royal blue tassel necklaces and chokers.  Toi introduced his emblem on a royal blue long sleeve shirt as well as a royal blue dress which personalized the collection and provided a greater connection with the designer.  Finally, Toi revealed a brilliant white pantsuit with faux fur around the collar as well as a black jumpsuit with a silk blouse as an underpinning and a necklace with a stacked tower of pearls.

Zang Toi’s evening wear was simple perfection because it is exactly what a sophisticated woman would want to wear.  The collection was on trend because it consisted of capes, trains, and puffed sleeves and also classical in that it included strapless necklines and ball gowns.  This amalgam resulted in designs that are well-suited for the modern woman.  For example, a black velvet jumpsuit and matching cape with royal blue inlay was quite eye-catching.  The finale consisted of a billowing royal blue cape with puffed sleeves that was as spectacular in grandeur as it was in beauty.

Oscar de la Renta to be Featured on U.S. Postage Stamps The Late Designer Will be Featured on One of the Eleven Stamps; The Rest Will Include His Designs

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Oscar de la Renta Stamps

Oscar de la Renta Stamps

Oscar de la Renta is part of the U.S. Postal Service’s lineup of several series of stamps for 2017.  Mary-Anne Penner, director for stamp services at the U.S. Postal Service, said, “The new year is shaping up to be exceptional as the Postal Service continues to produce stamps that celebrate the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation.” She described the new stamps as part of a showcase of “miniature works of art to help continue telling America’s story.”

For the postal series, the pane of 11 stamps features a black-and-white portrait of the designer which was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin as well as 10 details from several of his famous gowns. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps, the U.S. Postal Service said.

One of the world’s leading fashion designers for more than 50 years,  De la Renta dressed many of America’s First Ladies and Hollywood celebrities.

De la Renta, who was born on July 22, 1931 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, passed away at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. He was known for his ability to make women look beautiful no doubt stemming from his early days at Elizabeth Arden in the Sixties through the last three decades of the 20th Century and well into the second decade of the 21st. Romantic, glamorous styles were his signature: tastefully extravagant, with Parisian influence and an undercurrent of Latin pizazz. (Excerpted from Women’s Wear Daily)

At the time of his passing, Donatella Versace in her tribute called him “American fashion royalty.”