The cover story on today’s WWD, reads, Fall 2015 Trend: “Spanish Class” (“Graceful translations of aristocratic proportions gave a regal elegance to a number of fall collections”). It features a picture of a Simone Rocha ensemble from fall 2015 and a slideshow that includes designs by Thom Browne, Marni, Givenchy, Giles, and No.21.
|Nina Delano, Eaddy Keirnen, Kylie Gattinella and Chloe Wynne |
attend A dance at the Spanish Court, The Frick
Last Thursday, many of the cities’ best dressed social swells showed their support of The Frick Museum (www.frickmuseum.org), showing up in well-dressed droves to attend its annual Young Fellows Spring Gala. The theme this year was “A Dance at the Spanish Court” sponsored by Lanvin, and naturally, many women opted to wear an Alber Elbaz design. But regardless of the exact label selected, what was obvious was that many really took the theme to heart: i.e., lots of lace, tassels, red roses (used as prints or as accessories), and romantic flamenco worthy gowns. Some even arrived wearing matador inspired ensembles or sporting mantilla like headpieces. Fans, the ‘party favors’ provided by Lanvin, were the accessory of the evening, and some women found inventive ways to use them, including putting them in one’s up do.
|Performance by PS 87M students|
|Jody Arnhold with Gala Honorees David Perez and Milena Alberti-Perez |
and Alberti Family Members
Event Chairs were Jody & John Arnhold, Kate Lear & Jon LaPook, Marcos A. Rodriguez, and Greidys Gil & Luis Zaldivar. Event Vice Chairs were Herb Scannell and Charles Wortman & Laura Baldwin. The Gala Honorary Committee was chaired by Ford Foundation President Darren Walker. Proceeds, which totaled just over $1M, will benefit the creation of new Company works, need-based financial aid and merit scholarships in the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, and community arts education programs
|Beyonce wearing Oscar de la Renta grown from resort 2013|
in Vogue March 2013
And on April 16th, New Yorkers for Children (www.newyorkersforchildren.org), which supports approximately 11,000 youth in foster care, will hold its 12th Annual Spring Dinner Dance- New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fete, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. The venue will be the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and this year, the festive and fashionable evening will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, a luxury silent auction and a special tribute to Oscar de la Renta, the beloved Board Member who passed away last year and a designer whose Spanish roots were always evident in his achingly feminine and romantic designs (as exemplified by his ongoing love affair with lace, threadwork embroidery, flowers, and exuberant color, among other things) .
|Balenciaga Spanish Master Exhibition|
The Dominican Republic born fashion designer moved to Madrid at the age of 18, and almost immediately landed a coveted apprenticeship to Cristobal Balenciaga, a man who was inspired by his Spanish heritage his entire life. 'Balenciaga: Spanish Master', which ran from 11/2010 – 2/ 2011 at New York’s Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, had the distinction of being the first exhibition to “consider the impact of Spain's culture, history and art on one of its greatest twentieth-century sons”. Curated by Hamish Bowles, it was actually conceived by Oscar de la Renta. (See our article)
I predict that many, if not most (or all) of those who attend A Fool’s Fete, will be wearing something by the beloved designer and the event promises to be a wonderful retrospective of his work, and a well-deserved tribute.
- Marilyn Kirschner