Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FAVORITE DESIGNERS SERIES: # 2 Elsa Schiaparelli




Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 - 1973) was an Italian fashion designer whose couture house was based in Paris.  Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is one of the most prominent figures in fashion.
 hiaparelli considered designing an art rather than a profession.  She was influenced by, and collaborated with, avant garde artists of her day: Salvador DalíAlberto Giacometti, Jean Cocteau and others.  Cubist, Surrealist, Art Déco, and Futurist inspirations can be seen in her work. 

Elsa began designing in 1915, with help from famous couturier Paul Poiret.  Her clothes were individualistic and eccentric.  She held that good taste was less important than creativity, outrageousness and fun.  The woman who was attracted to her designs believed that wearing attention-seeking clothes made a woman chic.

Most of her ensembles were easy to wear, but featured outrageous embellishments.  Schiaparelli revisited various favored themes: military, zodiac, and the circus.  She could, however, also produce conservative clothing such as her severely-cut trouser suits and plain black dresses. 

She favored black-with-white, and in 1936, she launched a new color, known as “Shocking Pink,” which was forever identified with her couture house (it was the name given to her signature fragrance).

Unlike Chanel, she did not adapt to changing fashions after World War II and closed her business in 1954.

'Til next time.





Sunday, August 22, 2010

Free on Craigslist!

I confess to being fascinated by the items I see listed on craigslist.com/South Florida.  This ubiquitous site features a “free” section.  In it, people list a myriad of items that they’re giving away:  furniture, books, clothing, boats, electronics – you name it. 

Here’s a selection from my local craigslist for Friday and Saturday, August 20-21, 2010.  The original spellings were retained, as was the use of upper case and photos.   Some of the items are obviously valuable to someone – others you stare at incredulously (such as the camera case – is someone really going to drive somewhere to pick it up?).   But then again, I believe the philosophy craigslist’s based on: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.    


Haier Wine Fridge (Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise Blvd)
Had for 2 years, only used for 1. Power no longer works so someone with some electrical skills can certainly fix. And it's free!!
Avail on and off on wknds and after 7:00 during the week.

Various Womens and Mens Clothing (Sunrise)
I HAVE VARIOUS ITEMS OF MENS AND WOMENS CLOTHING THAT MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE OUT GROWN DUE TO A GREAT DIET WE ARE ON. THE MENS CLOTHING IS LARGE SHIRTS AND PANTS 36 X 32 THE WOMENS CLOTHING IS XL TO 3XL SHIRTS AND SIZE 16 PANTS, SHIRTS, AND DRESSES. SOME SIZE 18 BATHING SUITS. NO RESELLERS - ONLY GOOD KARMA.

Big Screen TV (Pompano)
56 inch big screen TV
Picture goes off and on
may be easy to fix.....just take it away
call 754 --- ----
Jimmy

2 Free Boats with Trailors (Homestead)
2 FREE BOATS WITH TRAILOR. TITLE WILL BE TRANSFERRED. MUST BE PICKED UP BY MONDAY 8 AM. PLEASE CALL NATHAN AT 786 --- ----


Tall Palms (Hollywood)
Please save the trees... They need to go this week or they will be chopped down. If you are interested in taking them please call Katrina at 954 --- ----

Canon PSC-500 Camera Case (Pompano Beach, FL)
CANON PSC-500 DELUXE SOFT CAMERA CASE (GREY), w/black Canon camera strap.
4"H x 2.5"W x 1.5"D.
Like New.
CALL: 954 --- ----


Free Laptop (Kendall)
I HAVE A LAPTOP COMPAQ, IS WORKING PERFECT, I GOT A NEW, IF YOU WANT CALL ME 305

Free Fish Tank $0 (Miami Gardens)
perfect condition, comes with pump and light, 30 gallon, moving give away, enjoy!
call tom @954

 Free Player Piano (Miami / Dade County)
Comes with over a hundred roles of music. Come pick it up and take it home -- for free.
  
HD Flashlights (Hollywood)
Free Yours free. 2 industrial grade flashlights.

Free Working Dishwasher and Range/Oven (Boynton Beach)
These appliances are in good working order but need to be cleaned. Especially the oven. They are were in the house when sold and believed to be over seven years old.
For immediate pick up by truck.

'Til next time.




Friday, August 20, 2010

MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS SERIES: #1 Oscar de la Renta






Starting this week, one of my blog entries each week will feature one of my favorite designers (living or dead).    Oscar de la Renta is my number one, and not just because like me, he’s Dominican.

De la Renta was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1932.  At the age of 18, he left the island to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.  While there, he became interested in fashion and began an apprenticeship with the most famous couturier in Spain – Cristóbal Balenciaga.  Soon after, he left Madrid for Paris, where he became a couture assistant at Lanvin.  In 1965, Oscar launched his own label.  His star has been on the rise ever since.


Oscar de la Renta has won many accolades for his designs:  Hall of Fame in 1973.   CFDA* Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.  The CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in 2000 and in 2007. 

From 1993 to 2002, Oscar de la Renta designed the haute couture collection of Pierre Balmain, becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. 

In 1967, de la Renta married Frenchwoman Françoise de Langlade, an editor-in-chief at French Vogue.  She died in 1983.  In 1989, he married the American society woman Annette Reed.  Oscar has stepchildren from both marriages, and he is also the father of a child he adopted from an orphanage he founded in La Romana, Dominican Republic (La Casa del Niño). 

While Oscar might seem a little old fashioned to some of today’s younger couture customers, his fashions have been reliably chic, correct, and understated for over 30 years.  Heads of state, ladies who lunch, and aspiring socialites have all worn his clothing.  They are like a uniform for the well-dressed woman.  Like most modern designers, he has branched out considerably from his couture roots to ready-to-wear, accessories,  jewelry, fragrance, bridal, and fur.  He sits at the top of a fashion empire that no other Latin American designer has yet achieved.  



'Til next time.

*CFDA – Council of Fashion Designers of America