Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Amber Alert News Roundup: Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82, Michael Costello Addresses Racist Remarks & The Met Debuts New Fall Exhibit


The fashion community is in mourning after the loss of iconic designer, Oscar de la Renta last night at age 82.  Oscar, who found fame in the 1960s after becoming a favorite of first lady Jaqueline Kennedy, was essential in shaping American design and fashion.  Although his specialty was eveningwear, he was also known for chic daytime suits with  signature looks including voluminous skirts, beautiful embroideries and rich colors.  His designs will definitely live on forever. (People)


Designer and 'Project Runway' alum Michael Costello, who has dressed the likes of Tamar Braxton, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, finally released a statement to address recent accusations of using racist remarks on Instagram.  Michael reportedly used a racial slur against an Instagram boutique owner who claimed he purchased one of her dresses and posted it as his own design.  In his statement, Michael claims to be a target of online bullying and states the screenshot floating around on the internet is a fake. (The Jasmine Brand)    


'Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire' is The Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in seven years and is currently on display in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center until February 2015.  The exhibition explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century. (The Cut)

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