Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Oscar de la Renta: The RetrospectiveIt’s been a long wait for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and its finally here, the world premiere of Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective presented at the de Young Museum. It’s the first exhibit of its kind celebrating the life and career of the Dominican fashion designer, and took about a year to come to fruition. He is one of fashion’s most influential designers and has dressed many prominent figures since becoming internationally known in the late 1960’s. The exhibit includes a collection of over 100 garments spanning over fifty years.

Exhibition Curator, Andre Leon Talley and <br>Acting Director & Exhibition Organizer of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisc, Richard Benefield

Exhibition Curator, Andre Leon Talley and Acting Director & Exhibition Organizer of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Richard Benefield.

Former Vogue editor-at-large and personal friend of the designer, André Leon Talley is the curator of the highly anticipated display. Each room represents a theme including different times in his career, cultures that influenced his design, nature, and Hollywood. When entering the exhibit you’ll first be introduced to his earlier work including daywear and evening wear. After that you’ll stroll through Spanish, Eastern, and Russian inspired garments. Each room is also adorned with art and vases to contribute to the ambiance.

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The garden room incorporates a large video of one of his gardens surrounded by spring fashion pieces. The next room has a re-creation of a 2010 Vogue photo shoot with models from China, Japan, and South Korea wearing his ball gowns and sporting punk rock hairstyles. You’re then welcomed to the final room with a video loop of Hollywood stars the designer dressed for red carpet events. Ball gowns are placed in front of mirrors reflecting the glamour that he infused into Hollywood and socialites from all angles. The display right before exiting to the gift shop (also designed to represent the icon) include some dresses worn by Karlie Kloss, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna.

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The celebrated designer is described as being humble. He was someone who respected his clients and always had the intention of making them feel beautiful. It was never about how he would be perceived by outsiders; it was always about the woman he was dressing. “He wanted to make women look beautiful, that’s why he was a great designer, he loved women, and he saw no reason why every one of us regardless of shape, size, color, anything, shouldn’t be absolutely beautiful in one of his dresses” said Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey.

Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey

Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey

Andre also spoke about Oscar and got emotional remembering his dear friend and how he influenced him by just being himself and accepting people for who they are, “He saw something in me I didn’t see in myself”. We often hear about his red carpet creations but he also dressed many political women like Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush but, the most unique pieces were always reserved for his wife. “Each year he makes a special dress for her [Annette], no one else has the privilege or the luck to be able to own that dress because it’s designed just for her” shared Andre. “He was inspired by great women. He was inspired by his wives. He always said at the end of a fitting, if there was a question about a dress, he would always say out loud to himself, ‘Will my wife love it?’ ‘Would Annette wear it?’ And that meant, if she would wear it in his mind, the dress was a success.”

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Walking through each gallery and looking at each style one could imagine being in them. They were vibrant and accentuated the female form unlike some other designers. They’re not designed to fit a person like it would on a hanger. Some were beautifully simple and others more opulent. It’s an exhibit that the fashionista and non-fashionista can enjoy alike. Andre really captured his friend the way he remembers him in this exhibit “Oscar was all about feeling wonderful in life, he loved living in the sun, he loved nature, he loved his native land, and he just wanted everyone to be joyful in life” and that’s the feeling you get when experiencing each room.

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective runs May 12th through May 30th at the de Young Museum. Tickets range from $15 to $30.

The Intern – Film Review

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Nancy Meyers is known for making romantic comedies that explore the ins and outs of relationships at any age. In her movies, The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated, her female roles regularly feature smart women who don’t always understand their place in a new or existing relationship. In her new movie The Intern, she takes her usual romantic comedy tropes and places them in a movie about a 70-year-old widowed man, Ben Whitaker (Robert Deniro), who tries to get back into the working world via a Senior Internship at an online fashion site under CEO and founder Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). It’s part of a community outreach program to get older works back in the game that Ostin signed off on the spur of the moment. Everything she does is on the fly; she speeds through her Google-like office on a bicycle and sometimes makes decisions without much thought.

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Whitaker is one of four interns hired; he is a current retiree who worked for a phonebook company for over 40 years. His idea of getting ready for work is different than the ones adopted by most people today. He comes in promptly by setting two alarm clocks (not iPhone alarms) to wake him up, wears a suit and tie everyday to work and looks sharp as can be for his internship job. To say that he stands out in the sea of guys with zippered hoodies and disheveled hair is an understatement.

He is paired directly with Ostin who could care less about interns. She thinks fast, she moves fast and she is the typical working mom on the go. She barely has time for intimacy with her stay at home husband, Matt (Anders Holm), forgets to eat, and runs on a lack of sleep. Ostin and Whitaker’s relationship evolves into one where she starts to learn from him. He’s a man with a million life lessons under his belt and slowly but surely, everyone starts to realize that he is an asset to the company and his co-workers.

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First off, this is not an Oscar-worthy movie; it’s simply a fun movie to watch. I went into this with zero expectations and came out thoroughly pleased. I thought it was an adorable movie; it has its mishaps and corny moments like when Whitaker and the interns go to Ostins’ mom’s house to steal her computer because she sent her a mean email. Scenes like that felt misplaced, they didn’t fit in with the rest of the film.

DeNiro steals the film and shows that he’s an actor entering a different phase of his acting career, no longer does he have to only play the dad or the old mean mobster guy. In this film, he is sweet, endearing and makes every 20-something wish they had a mentor like him in their life. Hathaway was good as well, and she and DeNiro had great chemistry together. I would love to see them in another movie again. I also loved the character of Jason played by Adam DeVine, he always delivers and makes me laugh.

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I enjoyed the fact that Meyers explored the topic of women in the workplace and challenged the idea that women can lead companies without sacrificing the needs of their spouses and their relationships. It also showed that women can have complicated lives and things don’t always fit perfectly, but somehow as women we always make it work.

Overall, a fun movie to watch, it has its funny points and times that made viewers appreciate the older approach to living. If you enjoy the rom-com genre with a twist, then this will be right up your alley.

The Intern PosterStarring:  Robert De Niro (Ben Whitaker)Anne Hathaway (Jules Ostin)Anders Holm (Matt)

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

Written by: Nancy Meyers

MPAA rating: PG-13

Running time: 121 min

Rating: 3/5

One on One: Designer Ashley Nell Tipton

Ashley Nell Tipton was born and raised in San Diego, California. The youngest of four children she had an early passion for fashion. Tipton remembers discovering her love of sewing when she would design clothes for her Barbie’s. She learned to sew on her grandmother’s sewing machine when she was just seven years old.

Tipton created her first fashion collection during her senior year in high school. She was inspired by the look of the hippie generation and their eclectic styling. She chose to attended fashion college after graduating high school. She then graduated from Fashion Careers College (FCC) in San Diego in the spring of 2012. FCC offered her the opportunity to hone her skills as a designer and to receive an education in fashion. During her 18 months at FCC she took a college trip to Paris in May 2011. She visited the Atelier Chandon Savard School and met many of the Parisian students. Tipton used the chic styling of the French students and the Parisian woman for inspiration in her current collection.

One of her goals is to help full figured women feel good in what they wear and she hopes to be “THE” Full Fashion Designer. She understands what plus women want and would like to give curvy girls a chance to show their style with chic edginess.

She says: “My collection is a full figured collection for the woman in her 20’s or 30’s who is a chic rocker! My collection is an artful combination of glamour and street fashion. I love color and I’m very inspired by curvy women and helping them feel good in their clothes. I want to offer plus size women the opportunity to wear fun colors and to avoid the pit-falls of only wearing black because many curvy girls think it is the only color that is slimming.”

Tipton chose to go against the plus size industry grain and created a collection that is full of bright hues and bold patterns. She says: “I pictured my muse roaming the streets of Paris unabashed and feeling confident in their stride while wearing designs that are not seen in full figure fashions today. The finished line is filled with bold colors and finesse… just like me!”

Tipton talked to Pink Egg Media during the Timken Museum’s “Art of Fashion” event in San Diego, CA.

Timken Museum’s Art of Fashion

The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park showcased a rare exhibition of fashion inspired by fine art at the eighth annual Art of Fashion 2015 fundraiser on April 20, 2015. More than 200 fashion enthusiasts from throughout Southern California attended the event, led by honorary chair Dame Zandra Rhodes, international fashion icon and designer.

Ten graduate student costume designers from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s (UCLA TFT) David C. Copley Center for Costume Design have created half-scale costumes inspired by Claude-Joseph Vernet’s 1749 “A Seaport at Sunset” from the Timken collection.

Original costume designs ranging from classic to wildly dramatic will showcase the talents of the students. Each student performed extensive research and infused a certain element of the masterwork in their one-of-a-kind designs, from the unusually large sky, the lighthouse, the ships in the harbor, the tradesmen and their families to the distinctive landscape of the mountain range.

Prior to the evening’s soiree, Rhodes and an honorary committee of fashion-forward and civic-minded female philanthropists will judge the designs at an exclusive private luncheon in the museum, which includes remarks by Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the UCLA TFT Copley Center.

Attendees were able to to see the winning designs from last year’s gala as well as those from previous Art of Fashion events: Masterworks on display will come to life as guests examine the remarkable costumes up close and speak with the designers about their creations. “Art of Fashion is one of the most important events to the Timken,” says Anita Crider, chief operating officer, Timken Museum of Art. “It’s a brilliant way to construct a creative and interdisciplinary educational opportunity for extremely talented costume design students and it allows us to raise funds for our programs to keep the love of fine art alive in San Diego.

Organizers aim to raise $100,000 at this year’s Art of Fashion, with proceeds supporting the museum’s outreach programs.

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Boi/Butch: Portraits of Masculine of Center Identity

Show & Tell Concept Shop most recent collaboration, “Queery,” will run from June 25 to August 31, 2014. “Queery” opens with “Boi/Butch: Portraits of Masculine of Center Identity” on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 5 PM.  This exhibition showcases the latest portraits from Miki Vargas’ “For The Love Of Bois Project,” capturing and celebrating the beauty of masculine of center individuals while recognizing the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer/ womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ShowAndTellConceptShop

“Boi/Butch: Portraits of Masculine of Center Identity” will also showcase Meg Allen’s, “Butch” – a collection most recently featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Policy Mic. “Butch” is an environmental portraiture project and exploration of the butch aesthetic, identity, and presentation of female masculinity. It is a celebration of those who dwell outside of the stringent social binary that separates the sexes and a glimpse into the private and often unseen spaces of people who exude their authentic sense of self. For more information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1492373314309239/

Running concurrently to “Boi/Butch” is “Beaus & Belles Pop Up.”  “Beaus & Belles” is a 9-week Qwear Style Experience bringing together the best in queer fashion from the Bay Area and beyond.  To RSVP and check out updated Qwear brands: https://www.facebook.com/events/247926865392723/

Other “Queery” events you’ll want to add to your calendar:

Culture Fuck Queer Open Mic
July 18th
7-10pm

The Style Social
Featuring Cultured Members of Society
June 19th
4-8pm
Culture Fuck Queer Open Mic- Femme Edition 
August 15th
7-10pm

Oakland Pride Closing Celebration
Hosted by MTV Real World Ex-Plosion’s Ari Fitz
August 28th
7-10pm