Tribute to Oscar




Oscar de la Renta’s passing yesterday was a cause for deep reflection. His clothes inspired me and helped me find my style. He didn’t simply create designs. He created sculptures that played with womens shapes – enhancing and empowering the powerful women he dressed. He was my idol, my mentor from a distance.

Some of his quote continue to inspire me. “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” Then there was: “We live in…the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.” Yes, thankyou.”

The quote that has inspired my designing throughout my life was “I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway.” Enough said.

Rest in peace in fashion heaven.


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Look Beautiful, Feel Confident

Beautiful. Alluring. Confident. That’s how you’ll feel in clothing designed and altered by Christina Shipman, founder of Istina Designs.

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By sharing her knowledge creating customizable clothing, Christina uses body shape to help women look good and feel confident.

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Trunk Shows

To avoid the major markup that retail stores have to impose on clothing to cover the cost of retail I am using a different way to get my clothing to you - in home trunk shows. Invite a few of your [...]

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