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Remembering a Fashion Icon

29 Jan

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, but the world was his palette. Spain, Russia, China and Japan inspired his extraordinary designs currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

André Leon Talley, a former Vogue magazine editor, narrates the audio tour describing Oscar de la Renta’s career including interviews with the designer’s clients. He is “the master of ruffles,” notes Talley describing his flamenco-inspired gowns.

Former First Lady Laura Bush wore his outfits often. The audio tour describes a red lace suit she wore to an event. When two other women attended wearing the same dress, the former First Lady discreetly changed into another outfit. The beaded and embroidery ensemble, below, was worn at a state dinner at the White House.

De la Renta designed Amal Clooney’s wedding which she loaned to the museum for the exhibit. The off-the shoulder silk and lace gown is exquisite.

The exhibit is aptly titled: The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.


Swingin’ in Houston

8 Jul


I visited Houston 4th of July weekend to check out wedding venues for my son and his Texan fiancee.

We stopped by the Swinging Door restaurant for some authentic Texan BBQ food. This rustic place is the perfect spot for the rehearsal dinner. The food is fantastic! They serve beef brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey and sausage.  The sides are beans, potato salad, cole slaw, dirty rice and green beans. For dessert, pecan pie, brownies and assorted fruit cobblers are yummy (shown). It’s the perfect family spot too. There’s a house rule: “If you start a jalapeno, you must finish it!”

Since y’all might not be in Houston soon, I recommend Slow’s BBQ in Motown!

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