Spring : Nature's Makeover
The vernal equinox signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere. Worms begin to emerge from the earth, ladybugs land on screen doors, green buds appears, birds chirp, and flowers begin to bloom.
Spring usually comes and goes by fast, unlike winter, which somehow decides that it wants to stay forever. Spring is like fast fashion. If you haven’t been living under a rock, fast fashion is a term used to described the frenzy of seeing designs move from the catwalk to retail stores into the hands of eagerly awaiting customers. H&M, Zara, Peacocks, and Topshop follow this philosophy of distribution that couples quick manufacturing and affordable prices to satiate consumer demand.
Spring ushers in vibrant colors and hues as nature moves away from the drab and dreary greyish white tones of winter.
Oscar de la Renta’s line was well known for its delicate silk prints, use of ruffles, soft silhouettes and vibrant palette, which soon became synonymous with casual luxury. In 1963, Oscar de la Renta sought advice from then editor Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue in the 60s, who then pointed him in the direction of the design house of Elizabeth Arden after he indicated his desire to get into the ready-to-wear market. Prior to getting into fashion design, de la Renta was studying to become an abstract painter. His talent in illustration landed him an apprenticeship with Spain’s renowned couturier – Cristobal Balenciaga. And then from 1993 to 2002 he designed the haute couture collection of the house of Balmain becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house.