Saturday, September 15, 2012

More than A Woman

During the New York Spring/Summer 2013 collections, Inoubliable Model Army was granted exclusive access to the castings and fittings in the lead up to the Oscar de la Renta presentation. Oscar de la Renta's eponymous fashion house has over the years attracted a loyal and diverse clientele ranging from film stars, first ladies, royalty and every day women. What all of these women have in common though is a love of the Oscar de la Renta aesthetic and the designer's uncanny knack of allowing his designs to become an extension of a woman's personality and heart.

Dominican born Oscar de la Renta was born in 1932 and left his hometown of Santo Domingo at age eighteen to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. Oscar de la Renta soon became interested in fashion design which led to an apprenticeship with Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga and later as a couture assistant for designer Antonio Castillo at Lanvin in Paris. In 1967, Oscar de la Renta launched his own label and the fashion house has since become synonymous with a timeless elegance and sophistication.

Oscar de la Renta
US Vogue - May 1982
Photographer - Irving Penn
Source - voguepedia.com

Oscar de la Renta's appeal lies not only in the sheer beauty, artistry, and craftsmanship of his designs but also in the fashion house's all-inclusive casting approach. Casting director James Scully assembled a diverse line-up of models including established faces Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Lindsey Wixson, Jourdan Dunn and Liu Wen, the designer's in-house muse Marilia Dutra, and red hot newcomers Nastya Kusakina, Grace Mahary, Iris van Berne, Xiao Wen Ju and Stef van der Laan. Whilst documenting the casting  process and fittings in the days prior to the presentation, I asked each model to sum up in a few key words their take on the Oscar de la Renta aesthetic. Unsurprisingly, the words selected were not only an apt descriptor of the fashion house's take on the modern day woman but also of the very models themselves.

UNIQUE
Grace Mahary
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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CHIC
Julia Frauche
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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SPECIAL
Magdalena Frackowiak
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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LUXURIOUS
Liu Wen
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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ELEGANT
Frida Gustavsson
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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CONFIDENT
Jourdan Dunn
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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SEXY
Magda Laguinge
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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VIBRANT
Josephine Skriver
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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TIMELESS
Melodie Monrose
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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RELEVANT
Jac Jagaciak
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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BEAUTIFUL
Jasmine Tookes
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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GLAMOUROUS
Juliana Schurig
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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SWEET
Lindsey Wixson
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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EXPENSIVE
Xiao Wen Ju
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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SOPHISTICATED
Stef van der Laan
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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CLASSY
Vanessa Axente
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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Oscar de la Renta
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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