Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This is what I want to dress like when I grow up!

That's a mouthful right?!  But I was perusing style.com this morning...looking at the pre-fall 2011 collections...checking out my favorite designers and fell in love with the Oscar de la Renta line.  Now I love Oscar for his use of color, for knowing his client base and because not only does his clothing look classy and elegant but there's a sense of fun to it!  Well at least to me! *LOL*

So these are the looks that really called my name:

Pink jacket and skirt
(This reminds me of S2958)


boucle goodness skirt suit


A great jacket and dress combo
(Vogue 7975 & my TNT dress pattern)


another jacket & skirt combo


the jacket skirt combo
is a variation on a theme


I loved this dress because of the fabric


I can see this as a short dress for work
and not in sequins!


Love the embroidery on this one

There were a few things that struck me about this line.  He has designed just a couple of jacket styles reworking them in different fabrics and patterns and with either a dress, a skirt or a pair of pants.  The skirt featured in the first look was remade in all types of fabric - even leather - and paired with different jackets throughout this collection.  I love the bow on the skirt but I know I will never wear it like that...however, the skirt is very wearable and easily reproduced.

Now I know you are wondering how could I be inspired by the ballgowns!  Well the first dress reminds of a simple coat dress.  I have several of these patterns from the '90s in my collection.  It would be easy to pull some fabric, some lining and buttons and have a go at it!  However, the last ballgown is all about the embellishment detail!  I can actually see a row of buttons down the front of my TNT dress pattern with some embroidery on either side.  I'm not sure if the embroidery would be tone-on-tone (if I chose to make the dress in a bright solid color) or if I used black wool crepe the embroidered flowers could be out of black/white/gray.  Wouldn't that be an amazing dress...*sigh*

We got about 10" of snow last night so I'm home today.  I'm off to go play on my sewing machine and see what emerges...

...as always, more later! 


24 comments:

  1. Wow, what a lovely collection. Now I'm thinking jackets and skirts for spring too. And even though black+white+pink has been on the board for a while now, it's still my favorite color combo. Thanks for posting and enjoy your snow day!
    -Terry

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  2. Can you see me with my arm up in the air waving madly...Me too! I wish that I had more time to troll for beautiful outfit ideas like those! My fave's are the second, third and fourth from the top.

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  3. I see a lot of thing that I like in his collection. I'm hoping to get a couple of TNT patterns for jackets so I can make suits for church.

    I hate snow as much as you do. We only had 3" of snow and I used it as an excuse to stay home. Sewing and housework are on the agenda for today.

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  4. Beautiful collection! I love the jackets! They could easily go from a "lady that lunches" to jeans!

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  5. I love Oscar De La Renta! I cruise the Nieman Marcus website periodically to see what they have in their designer sections. I found this dress, http://goo.gl/AAoJY , and totally plan on using it for "inspiration" on one of my Spring dresses.

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  6. Oh My Goodness! I want to dress like that when I grow up too! Thanks for the embroidered dress - I've been trying to figure out how to add embroidery as an embellishment in a 'grown up' way.

    Can't wait to see what your snow day produces, bet it's another dress! g

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  7. If I had to wear one designer for the rest of my life, I'd probably choose ODL. These picks are stunning. I'm wanting to go make a fuller skirt now!

    Hey, thanks for suggesting that Jane Conlon embellishment book. I picked it up at the library last night!

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  8. That embroidery looks like it might be applique, braid or rattail stitched on top of the fabric.

    I love that head-to-toe hot pink suit.

    Claudine

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  9. i love the collection! i wanna be like that when i grow up too! :-)

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  10. I like all of these, thanks for sharing all the pictures.

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  11. Great line up of inspiration garments.

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  12. De la Renta's is one of the collections I have to take a look at online every season. And your choice of inspiration pics are great. (BTW, I love the way you can transform your TNT pattern into just about anything.)

    It's funny. I just cut out some black and white boucle for a sheath dress last night and I think I have enough for a coordinating jacket. I'd love to attempt that Butterick jacket but I'm not sure my skills are up to it yet.

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  13. I agree this is a lovely collection. What struck me most was the pink bow with the black and white boucle suit. Such a simple thing, but it just hit me right between the eyes. I think I need to steal this idea. I can see you in that outfit, too.

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  14. The boucle goodness with the bow is so you.

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  15. Carolyn, your skills are amazing. Such foresight and vision. I'm still trying to figure out how you made that dress (in plaid!) from 2 yards of material. I read somewhere that cutting out pieces one at a time instead of double can save fabric-is that what you do? You're such an inspiration--sew much sew (pun intended) that I will be scheduling some time off work next month to have a 'sew-cation'!

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  16. Um... but I want to dress like YOU when I grow up (ok, so clearly you are about twenty steps ahead of me in the dressing like a grownup department).

    I love that black-and-white-and-hotpink suit. LOVE it. I'm almost wishing I had to wear suits to work.

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  17. The collection is wonderful. You have great taste...but you already knew that!

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  18. I love love love picture #2, boucle goodness skirt suit! Great inspiration pics!

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  19. At least there is an upside to all that snow! Some lovely stuff here, I like the way you can look at these pieces and find elements that will work for your lifestyle.

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  20. This is my first visit to your blog...boy! Am I impressed! You look lovely in your outfits and dresses. I am going to become a follower.

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  21. Sigh. You made me look! Yes, there are some really lovely looks in that collection. I'm loving the teal blue color. Sunday dress for me, though.

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  22. This is a great collection! Another pattern to consider for the pink 2pc. is S2427 along with the jacket from your mentioned pattern....

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  23. Um, yes please!! I'd wear almost all of those right off the runway. Beautiful garments.

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  24. Oh I love the the first fuchsia one.

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