Oscar de la Renta explores Latin American roots for spring 2020 collection

Oscar de la Renta has tapped into its Latin American roots for spring/summer 2020.The luxury fashion house, which is helmed by co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, unveiled their latest collection at the Cunard Building as part of New Y…

Oscar de la Renta has tapped into its Latin American roots for spring/summer 2020.

The luxury fashion house, which is helmed by co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, unveiled their latest collection at the Cunard Building as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with celebrities including Lucy Hale, Karolina Kurkova, and Priyanka Chopra all perched on the front row.

In the show notes, the designers explained that they were inspired by late brand founder de la Renta’s Dominican heritage, as well as Garcia’s childhood, as he grew up in the same nation, as well as in northern Spain.

With a backdrop featuring colourful arched walls, potted palm trees, and baskets filled with fruit, the presentation opened with a model walking the white runway in a draped pink and peach dress matched with a pale pink blazer, with the ensemble topped off with strappy white stilettos.

A series of dresses made of floaty fabrics in yellow and floral print followed, with Garcia and Kim also introducing knitted tops and pleated skirts, kaftan-style dresses, striped asymmetrical gowns with frayed edging, as well as strapless gowns with woven patterning.

Featuring a palette of sunset hues, including lemon yellows, orange, and blush pink, the line was interspersed with touches of sky blue, olive green, and coral.

The show wrapped up with a parade of models showing off glamorous evening gowns made of taffeta or tiered tulle, with Candice Swanepoel rocking a strapless nude number with a corset-like bodice, and Irina Shayk closing the spectacle in a gorgeous black gown with halterneck and high-low skirt.

New York Fashion Week continues on Wednesday with shows from Michael Kors and Dennis Basso.

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Karolina Kurkova: ‘There’s no such thing as the worst advice’

Karolina Kurkova is certain that all advice is good advice.The Czech supermodel started her fashion career at the age of 15 and became one of the youngest models to ever land a U.S. Vogue cover when she posed for the publication at 16 years old. She th…

Karolina Kurkova is certain that all advice is good advice.

The Czech supermodel started her fashion career at the age of 15 and became one of the youngest models to ever land a U.S. Vogue cover when she posed for the publication at 16 years old.

She then went on to work with brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Max Mara, and was even chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra during the 2002 and the 2006 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. And for anybody else looking for career success, Karolina is adamant that you should make the most of all the advice on offer.

“I feel like there’s not such a thing as the worst advice,” she told ABC News’ chief business, technology and economics correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis. “I think that every (piece of) advice, you learn something from and you grow from.”

“I always welcome people’s suggestions, advice, criticism, it’s really what you do with it,” she continued. “I think it’s important how it’s delivered to you…how it’s communicated, and then you use it or you don’t. Each decision will take you places, as long as you’re growing and you’re evolving…I think that’s important.”

In addition to modelling, the 34-year-old has also dabbled in film, worked with child welfare organisations and is also the founder of Gryph and IvyRose, a herbal care product line for children.

However, all her success may not have been possible if it wasn’t for her friend who sent photographs of Karolina to a modelling agency in Prague.

“Without telling me,” the fashion icon recalled. “First, my friend didn’t tell me that she’s going to send it to an agency, so I wanted to kill her. Second, I’m thinking, ‘Well, me and as a model? I mean they must be crazy. There’s no way I could be a model.'”

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Karolina Kurkova: ‘Everyone used to think I was Brazilian!’

Karolina Kurkova has recalled how people thought she was Brazilian at the start of her career.The supermodel grew up in the Czech Republic but later travelled to Milan to garner more modelling experience, where she quickly signed a contract with Prada …

Karolina Kurkova has recalled how people thought she was Brazilian at the start of her career.

The supermodel grew up in the Czech Republic but later travelled to Milan to garner more modelling experience, where she quickly signed a contract with Prada creative director Miuccia Prada.

While Karolina is very proud of her Czech heritage, she has now shared that agents and designers believed she was a totally different nationality in the late ’90s.

“When I came into modelling, it was the Brazilian era-you know, Gisele (Bundchen). So, everybody thought I was Brazilian,” she told Into The Gloss. “When I first started, people wanted to put a label on me-like, OK, you are that look. But I didn’t really want to be labelled, because I’m not just one thing.”

Karolina went on to explain that she found tapping into different characters to be “like a therapy” when she was starting out in the fashion industry. And pushing herself out of her comfort zone on some of her edgier photoshoots proved to be particularly enlightening.

“I see it a lot, where people get insecure and they get stuck to their one look, and it’s almost like their blanket. As a model, it’s your job to be willing to try new looks. That I think is the difference between a model and a great model,” the 34-year-old commented.

In the interview, Karolina discussed her favourite make-up products too, revealing that she uses four different Lancome mascaras to achieve a “full” lash effect, and only uses cream highlighters during the day.

Though the mother-of-two is adamant that it is important to invest in a great skincare regime.

“Everything is about the effort you put in… So, I’m very disciplined with what I put on my skin. I’m all about good exfoliation, steamers. I love acupuncture, a good massage, and a good facial,” she smiled.

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Emilia Wickstead gearing up to launch activewear collection

Emilia Wickstead is teaming with wellness brand Bodyism on a new activewear collection.The New-Zealand born designer is known for her ladylike garments and now counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid and Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge as customers. But…

Emilia Wickstead is teaming with wellness brand Bodyism on a new activewear collection.

The New-Zealand born designer is known for her ladylike garments and now counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid and Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge as customers.

But in response to her clientele’s growing interest in health and fitness, Wickstead is adding sporty clothing to her line via a 13-piece capsule collection.

“Exercise is such an integral part of so many women’s lives, and I wanted to approach activewear from a modern woman’s perspective,” Wickstead told WWD. “I wanted to give my customer an activewear collection that is stylish, directional and unexpected, in keeping with our brand ethos. Health and fitness is also incredibly important to me personally, as is the confidence and empowerment that it lends to you every day.”

The range is due to launch on 12 March (18) and will include leggings, sports bras, sweatshirts and even yoga mats featuring pastel pink and floral patterns.

Wickstead has also chosen to name each item after celebrity customers. For example, the high-necked Sienna crop top pays tribute to actress Sienna Miller, while other pieces are named after Liv Tyler, Arizona Muse, and Karolina Kurkova.

“I always name my collections after women I admire and names that I love,” the designer smiled. “I believe in names giving personality to a garment.”

Prices range from $111 (£80) for a sports bra to $388 (£280) for a jacket, will all items available to purchase from department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges as well as online at Net-a-porter and Bodyism.com.

Bodyism was launched in 2006 by James Duigan, a longtime friend of the fashion star. The wellness club offers activewear and sports equipment alongside its exercise studios and cafes in Europe and Asia.

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