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MUSIC MONDAY: Featuring Carrie Underwood in Oscar De La Renta at the Nashville Symphony

@OscarPRgirl: Oscar de la Renta Fashion Pre-Fall Preview @NashvilleSymph Part II with #LAFW and #FashionStar highlights

By Joy A. Kennelly

As my client, Int'l Celebrity/Wedding Stylist, Nicole Janowicz, styles tonight's AW2012 runway show for    M I L A, the eponymous collection by Mila Hermanovski whose appearance on Project Runway (both as a finalist of season 7 and as a currently airing All-Star) and subsequent capsule collections have been shown to great reviews, I satisfied my longing to attend LA Fashion Week by watching the premiere of Fashion Star last night which was a blast.


(More on that in another blog.)

However, all the shows at LA Fashion Week and last night's Fashion Star simply pale in comparison to the recent Oscar de la Renta fall preview fashion show I was fortunate to attend as part of the Nordstrom fundraiser for the Nashville Symphony held recently in TN.

I have a degree in Fashion Merchandising and studied fashion at FIDM in Los Angeles back in the day which is why seeing one of my favorite all-time designers, Oscar de la Renta, was a special thrill. The company, established in 1965, currently produces a full line of women’s accessories, bridal, home decor and fragrances, in addition to its signature women’s ready-to-wear collection. 

To me, his design house is the epitome of all that is haute couture and it was certainly true that night.  After guests enjoyed the cocktail reception, we were all ushered into the symphony hall where we were welcomed by emcee, radio and television personality, Storme Warren. 

The boisterous crowd was soon quieted by members of the symphony performing a live intro to Coldplay's song, Paradise, conducted by Steve Kummer before transitioning seamlessly to DJ Javiere for the rest of the song. This back-n-forth between live music and DJ continued throughout the entire evening which was amazing to watch and hear.

Here's highlights of the daywear looks followed by my favorite, eveningwear. There were over 68 outfits presented and it was breathtaking to behold. Make sure to notice the intricate ankle and hair accessories because they enhanced each look.  Runway
Photo credits for the following images are Susan Adcock and Peyton Hoge who do an excellent job of capturing the essence of the show. It's amazing what a difference it makes when a professional shoots fashion since they realize the entire look is important.

Oscar-134oscar-134 Oscar-140oscar-140 Oscar-143oscar-143 PeytonHoge- Garnet silk strip dress-embroidered belt PeytonHoge-black silk star-checked tweed coat PeytonHoge-Silk Sweater with plaid steel pants PeytonHoge-exru cable sweater with ocean blue wool twill pants7 PeytonHoge-Garnet leather coat & silk blouse blk denim pants PeytonHoge-Blk & white dress PeytonHoge-Gold HoodieOscar-124oscar-124This last blouse was one of my favorites. The intricacy and attention to detail in the beading on such delicate fabric is phenomenal. I liked how the floral skirt accented by hosiery with polka dots and the striking jet black hair and porcelain skin of the model completed the look too.

We then began moving into eveningwear and these are more highlights of my favorites. Photo credits for the following images are again: Susan Adcock and Peyton Hoge.

PeytonHoge-Gold fringe dress

Oscar-176oscar-176 IMG_6906 7x10 300 dpi PeytonHoge-148I love these silver dresses. Each were so unique and so feminine. Very beautiful on either a blonde or a brunette too.

Oscar-216oscar-216 Oscar-218oscar-218Isn't this so gorgeous? Spanish inspired in my mind.


Here's the grand finale. Now imagine viewing all 68 designs to Coldplay's Viva La Vida song with a live symphony orchestra and you'll have a taste of what a Grand Finale this truly was.

The final dress is my absolute favorite out of everything. I think it would make a magnificent bridal gown, or statement dress for any red carpet appearance or high profile fundraiser where you want to stand out from the crowd.

Don't you agree? STUNNING!Oscar-220oscar-220I loved the rich jewel tones of all the rest of the gowns too.

PeytonHoge-195Side view. Notice the detail? This  is what sets haute couture apart from everything else.

PeytonHoge-Final Dress
Part III later where I will share Carrie Underwood's performance after the fashion show.









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Love these clothes!

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