I woke up this morning to the tragic and surreal news about Oscar de la Renta who died last night. True legend, a man of impeccable taste, a remarkable designer, one of the old school bunch who truly understood the meaning of elegance, he left us with beautiful memories, exquisite fashions and a void in our hearts.
Good bye, Mr de la Renta... R.I.P.
"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is about being yourself. It is about being comfortable in your own skin."
"To be well dressed you must be well naked."
"There is more to femininity than just wearing skirts and dresses alone. I like the idea of an eternal beauty - a woman whose style transcends what is popular today."
"Elegance is an old world. A lot of anonymous girls walking along the street have a style of their own."
"I hate "pretty". It's a very empty word. It gives a bad name to beauty."
Lately I've been thinking of Paris. A lot. Somehow our Paris trips always happened in autumn - perhaps, it explain something. But then, again, I've been listening a lot of French music (Carla Bruni chansons are just perfect for this time of year), watching yet another Coco Chanelmovie, reading about the city of lights and Parisian fashion and buying some of the latter, too.
Naturally the choice of today's editorial isn't a coincidence, but rather a beautiful combination of my many loves... Shalom Harlow wearing John Galliano photographed in Italy (Rome, to be precise) for the February 1993 issue of Vogue Paris. It left my heart trembling with excitement for what the future holds for both one of my favourite ever designers and the world of fashion...
Besides, I simply loved the black and white shots, like the stills from a 1920s movie, and that silent but powerful sensation of sensuality that could have only been truly captured by Ellen von Unwerth.
Photo source: Shalom Harlow in "Les extravagances de John Galliano" | Vogue Paris February 1993 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Joe McKenna)