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Oscar de la Renta

James Andrew and Oscar de la Renta

James Andrew and Oscar de la Renta

Anna Wintour aptly pointed out that the fashion industry is “…devoted to the…notion that life can be sunny and glamorous around the clock.” Of course this is nearly an impossible order to fill, but it hasn’t slowed Oscar de La Renta in his ceaseless efforts to create clothes that make women feel fabulous – in fact he’s been at it for over forty years, all the while maintaining an optimistic vision that epitomizes the aforementioned devotion Wintour speaks of.

And now happily de la Renta is bringing that same joie de vivre to a new line of luxurious and unique interior fabric designs in silk, linen, velvet and cotton, in a splendid array of brightly colored floral and ethnic-inspired prints. Having been captivated over the years by the many articles and photographs of the de la Rentas’ fine homes, the only thing that surprises me about this major move into the world of interior fabric design is that it has taken so long! His fabulous collection will be available at Lee Jofa showrooms this summer, and so you can expect to see some of these dreamy prints working their way into upcoming fine WIJW interiors in the not so distant future!

Attending a party at the uber chic Oscar de la Renta boutique on Madison Avenue at East 66th Street, I had the great pleasure of chatting with Mr. de la Renta about his new collection which was displayed to great effect amongst his as-always spectacular couture pieces – and of course you must know by now that we here at WIJW do love a good mix of fashion and interior design!

Dressed for the occasion I’m wearing a navy cotton pique jacket and woven silk tapestry skinny pant both by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser navy cotton shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs and silver silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, silver chain link belt and navy leather cap toe shoes both by Gucci, sunglasses in hand by Lanvin, my fragrance Creed Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse.


  1. Irina says:

    Two handsome men!

  2. DeanFarris says:

    Dear James,

    What a great shot of you and Mr. de la Renta ! I was happy to learn of his new collections for Lee/Jofa, thanks to you – btw, I just finished a bio of Elizabeth Arden, and apparently it was Miss Arden who brought Oscar over to the states and helped to launch his career here. Thanks again !

    Dean Farris

  3. Leo says:

    I have that jacket… Thank you for your comment on FB James.

  4. James,
    you look fab with that look and the picture with O. de la Renta is very nice!

    P.S.: I’ll be waiting for a picture of yourself in Amalfi… You know what I mean!

  5. That’s spectacular, James! Oscar is an icon that transcends popular culture throughout decades– that must have been a huge honor to spend some time with him!

  6. Maria La Torre says:

    Dos grandes de la moda y el estilo…….

  7. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Schönes Foto von Euch zwei! Ich mag Oscar sehr gern!



  8. Lola Montes says:

    Dos de mis grandes ídolos juntos, wow!



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