My Oscar de la Renta Moment

I was devastated when I heard the news of Oscar de la Renta's passing on Monday.  Not just because he was the creator of so many stunning, elegant and timeless designs, but because it was at his New York City showroom that I got my first official taste of the fashion industry.

I was a first semester college freshman, and one day at the end of class, my professor announced the opportunity to volunteer for a day at a designer's showroom in New York. Naturally, as an eighteen-year-old fashion student eager to get my foot in the door, I rushed to sign my name on the dotted line at the top of Oscar de la Renta's sheet.

Fast forward to a chilly day in December. It was my first time spending more than a few hours in the "Big Apple," and I had no idea what to expect (or what to wear).  My job was to assist with dressing models for buyer presentations – I think the Bergdorf team was actually there that day – featuring the latest runway collection and to help prep inventory for their upcoming trunk show. Not very glamorous, but at eighteen I just felt lucky to be there ... experiencing the industry I've loved for as long as I can remember. And while I spent most of my time that day dressing models, oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous one-of-a-kind runway pieces, and checking inventory against spreadsheets, I was lucky enough to have my very own Oscar moment.

He wasn't expected to be there that day, but decided to make a surprise appearance for one of the buyer appointments. When he arrived, I watched, totally starstruck, from behind-the-scenes as he and his team conducted the presentation. It was so inspiring to see him in action at the helm of the fashion empire he created. He personally made sure everything was just so – from the styling of each look down to how the bows were tied on each of the gowns (we were formally instructed on this after sending out sub-par bows during a run through). And while I was never formally introduced (oh, the glamor of behind-the-scenes intern work), I left completely inspired. Watching him work reminded me that you can create something amazing with just an idea, dedication and hard work.

I will forever remember the time I briefly crossed paths with Oscar de la Renta, a man who gave me my first look into the world of fashion, and inspired me and so many others – season after season – with his talent. He is man who left a legacy.

 

25% Off in The Atelier Boutique!

Hello, lovelies! In case you haven't heard, I'm having a huge birthday sale in The Atelier boutique! This week only, take 25% off your entire order with the code 'BIRTHDAYBASH' at checkout. Get your hands on our best sellers like this mug, this stationery, this print and this tote at a majorly discounted price. It's our biggest sale yet so go ahead and treat yourself (or even get a head start on your holiday shopping)!

xx Melissa

The Bon Weekend tote styled up by Lauren Saylor of a fabulous fete!

The Bon Weekend tote styled up by Lauren Saylor of a fabulous fete!

Three Stylish Books to Bookmark for October

October is turning out to be my favorite month yet. From last weekend's amazing #PhillyMagShops pop-up shop (huge thank you to everyone who came out!) to the crisper days, a busy business, and prepping for my birthday celebration later this month, I am excited and overwhelmed in the best possible way. To make it even sweeter, there are a bunch of exciting new books being released by a few of  the fashion industry's most stylish women. Happy (almost) birthday to me!

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits

by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas

I spent an entire day this past weekend flipping through this book. It's a funny, frank, photo filled guide with personal anecdotes and tips by four stylish Parisian women about what gives Parisian women that certain je ne sais quoi.  If you've ever wondered how to incorporate a little bit of French attitude and style into your everyday life, pick up this easy read. You won't be disappointed.

$16 | PURCHASE HERE

The Woman I Wanted to Be (Release Date: 10.28.14)

by Diane Von Furstenburg

DVF is one of my personal heroes. Independent, stylish, and unafraid to be herself – she is an inspiration to all women looking to create the life they want to live. In her newest book, she writes about building her brand, her family, and even her battle with cancer. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

“I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be.”

$18 | PRE-ORDER HERE

Tory Burch: In Color (Release Date: 10.14.14)

by Tory Burch

It looks like the book gods have finally answered my prayers: Tory Burch is releasing a book! If there is one person who has an eye for color, it's Tory Burch. And her first book is dedicated to just that – her colorful inspirations – from her travels to entertaining to business advice to art and more. With a foreword by Anna Wintour, I see this doubling as inspirational read and the perfect coffee table book.

$25 | PRE-ORDER HERE

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A Philly Pop-Up Shop!

In case you haven't heard, I'll be setting up a pop-up shop this weekend at Philly Mag's amazing designer warehouse event #PhillyMagShops! If you're in the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend grabbing your girlfriends and making your way to this one-day only event.

My newest illustration, making its debut at the event!

My newest illustration, making its debut at the event!

What's in store

Amazing selections of in-season designer goods from Philly's most stylish boutiques at insane markdowns, a braid bar, bubbly, and more! I'm excited to be included in the mix with Philly mainstays like Nicole Miller, Third Street Habit, Vagabond, and Per Lei (see the full list here). Maggpie Vintage rentals will be styling up the space so you can expect to take lots of Insta-worthy snaps.

I'll be selling some brand new merchandise (like these journals and these mugs!) along with best sellers like our Bon Weekend totes and illustrated prints. Make sure you stop by and say hello! I can't wait to meet you! 

The details

Crane Arts Building  |  Sunday, October 5  |  12-3 PM
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here or for $35 at the door.

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