De La Renta’s luxe Pre-Fall, Nautica shutters women’s, Doo.Ri’s new line, Mascara buzz

Oscar de la Renta’s Unabashedly Luxe Pre-Fall Collection (WSJ) Unlike some designers who are forgoing runway shows to cut costs, Oscar de la Renta staged a "glitzy" pre-fall 2009 show yesterday in New York. Nautica to close women’s division (CNN Money) Nautica is to shutter their money losing women's division. Doo-Ri to Launch Lower-Priced Line Next Year (WWD) Doo.Ri is launching a secondary, lower priced, yet to be named line that will take after her signature looks. Mascara Provides Buzz to The U.S. Makeup Industry (WSJ) Mascara has seen a rise in demand at a time when sales for the overall makeup industry is on a decline. Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2009, photo courtesy of Oscar de la Renta.

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New York Fashion Week | Playing it safe

NEW YORK, United States - New York already has the reputation of being the most commercial of the fashion capitals, but this New York Fashion Week has taken that stereotype to new levels. With economic uncertainty swirling through the city (Lehman Brothers is the latest Wall Street Bank whose future is in question) and footfall at department stores dropping precipitously, the mantra of the week seems to have been 'Play it Safe!" Over and over again this week, young designers have told me that the big buyers are sticking to proven silhouettes in basic colours, veering away from the fashion items. While the basics and staples of designer collections will always be important part of the product assortment, it seems…

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New York Fashion Week | Furry optimism at Oscar, Peter Som and Proenza Schouler

The day before Super Tuesday in the American primary elections might be called Mega Monday at New York Fashion Week, with established heavyweights like Oscar de la Renta showing alongside the city's new establishment of Proenza Schouler and Peter Som. Young or old, a newfound fancy for fur (and its premium pricepoints) was a common thread, even in these recessionary times. But, Oscar is no old-fogey. His collection came out to the sweet sounds of Regina Spektor, the young hip pianist. During the show, I had the good fortune to be seated next to the company’s CEO, Alex Bolen, who also happens to be Oscar’s son-in-law. It was a great opportunity to have a pre-show chat. Before I could even…

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New York Fashion Week: Oscar’s church of posh

Joyous. That's how Natalie Massenet of Net-a-Porter described Oscar de la Renta's Spring/Summer 2008 collection to Alex Bolen, the company's CEO, after today's show. The setting in an Upper East Side church, the lovely dresses in bright gorgeous hues, and music from a band-cum-gospel choir culminated in a show-stopper from this legendary designer. Roger Federer, Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and others were there to soak it all in. With utterly beautiful dresses targeted squarely at the ladies who lunch crowd and their daughters (many of whom were in the audience), Oscar showed that he operates in a market where you don't have to change things too much from season to season in order to make your mark. He leaves the…

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