Monday, October 20, 2014

Dominican Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

By: Farrah Estrella
Oscar de la Renta
Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away today in his home in Connecticut after a long battle with cancer. De la Renta, 82, was an icon in the fashion and art communities.

For over 50 years he has been dressing some of the most beautiful women in the world from first ladies such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush to socialites, celebrities and even Vogue editor Anna Wintour. 
He recently appointed British designer Peter Copping as creative director of the Oscar de La Renta brand, igniting rumors that he will be retiring soon.

Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, he went to Spain at the age of 18 to study painting but instead fell in love with fashion. He landed a job working for couturier Cristobal Balenciaga and then worked with Lanvin before moving to New York to work for Elizabeth Arden.

In 1965 he launched his Ready-to-Wear label and never looked back. His fashion house now includes shoes, jewelry, perfumes, bridal, a home collection and of course the fashion lines.

He was known for his ultra-feminine silhouettes, his design style could be described as elegant, romantic and glamorous but WWD described it best when they said that his signature style was “tastefully extravagant, Paris-influenced, with an undercurrent of Latin pizazz”. 
Oscar de La Renta is survived by his wife Annette de La Renta and his adopted son Moises de la Renta.

Oscar de la Renta

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spotlight on: Caite and Kyla Seo by Caite, Inc

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

I discovered a big treasure right on my backyard this week “Caite, Inc.”, they are a women’s apparel line and wholesaler that is headquartered right here in the Tampa Bay area. 

Caite Inc. produces two lines of products the “Caite” line and the “Kyla Seo by Caite” line. The Kyla Seo line is name after the company CEO and founder's daughter.
The company is known for their signature knit fabrics and their rayon Lycra fabrics that have a soft and buttery feel to them, add an embroidered touch to that and you got Caite. Although many people in Tampa Bay may not have heard of the brand, Caite’s products are being sold in over 1500 specialty stores nationwide including catalogs and websites such as Modcloth and Soft Surroundings.

Caite’s clothing is cleverly designed to make you feel fabulous and comfortable, without breaking the bank. The clothing is affordable and it makes you look feminine and luxurious.

The best part for me about the brand is that they catered to women of all sizes, from a size XXS to XXL and 1X to 3X, we can all look beautiful wearing Caite no matter what size you wear. That is very important to me as you guys know my motto is, fashion for all.

Check out a sneak peek of Caite Spring 2015 Collection

 Check out a sneak peek of Caite Fall 2015 Collection

Kyla Seo by Caite Spring 2015 Collection

Kyla Seo by Caite Fall 2014 Collection

One last thing, Caite is getting ready to have a huge warehouse/sample sale from November 17th to 21st, 2014. Their clothing usually retails from $64 to $168 dollars but at the warehouse/sample sale everything will be $15 dollars, what a great deal!. I will keep you posted fashionistas about of all the details about the sample sale coming soon.

For more information on Caite visit their Showroom and Warehouse at:
Caite, Inc.
PHONE: (813) 962-0900
FAX: (845) 531-4814
14502 N DALE MABRY HWY #120
TAMPA, FL. 33618

 You can also visit their website at WWW.CAITEONLINE.COM.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant 2014 Holiday Collection

By: Farrah Estrella
Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant Holdiay 2014 Collection
The new Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant Holiday 2014 Collection will hit stores soon, but I wanted to give you guys an exclusive sneak peek. 

As I am making my holiday wish list, almost every dress in the collection is in it, especially the red sequin dress featured above. It's simply Amazing!!.

Check out the rest of the lookbook below.

Visit to purchase.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Audrey Hepburn Jewelry Collection launches today on HSN

By: Farrah Estrella


The New Audrey Hepburn Collection will be launching live today on HSN at 3:00 PM ET by non-other than Audrey Hepburn’s son Sean Hepburn Ferrer.

The collection includes reproductions of the legendary actress personal jewelry collection as well as inspired pieces that she wore in some of her films. Hepburn is still one of the most admire women in the world and an icon of fashion.

Her personal style could be described as timeless, classic and elegant.  

The prices for the collection ranges from $17.99 to $99.95.

Tune in to HSN today at 3:00 PM ET to see Audrey’s son Sean Hepburn Ferrer promoting and unveiling the collection for the first time.

For more information visit



Oscar de la Renta names British designer Peter Copping creative director

By: Farrah Estrella

Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta recently named British designer Peter Copping creative director of the Oscar de La Renta brand. Rumors have been swirling for a while that de la Renta, 82, will be retiring soon.  He is probably preparing to do so by creating first a smooth transition for the next designer to take over the house he built.

It is a smart move by de la Renta because he can coach Peter Copping by working side by side with him in his first collections for the brand. Any designer would love that kind of mentorship from a master like de la Renta who has been in the business of fashion for over 50 years.

Before going to the Oscar de la Renta brand, Copping was the creative director at Nina Ricci and he also worked under Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton.

Cooping debut collection will be the Fall 2015 Collection that will be shown during New York Fashion Week in February 2015.

Peter Copping 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Making a Difference during Pinktober

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are numerous events promoting good health, breast cancer awareness and celebrating the life of the many women that had been affected by the disease.

I attended a "Making a Difference" event by Lane Bryant in West Palm Beach yesterday in which I had the opportunity to style 3 breast cancer survivors. This is only one of the many Breast Cancer Awareness events that I will be attending this month. 

Yesterday was so great because of hearing all of the women speak about everything that they have gone through, it really put things in perspective for me. So chicas…Love yourselves, be who you are but above all inspire others to feel good about themselves too.

Live, Love & Inspire


About the outfit: Lane Bryant head to toe

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lane Bryant 'Making a Difference' event at the Marketplace at the Outlets in West Palm Beach

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

Today I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening celebration of a new Lane Bryant store at the Marketplace at the Outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Because is October and it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Lane Bryant teamed up with the American Cancer Society and together they chose three breast cancer survivors to get a complete head to toe Lane Bryant Makeover.

I had the pleasure of styling and helping these 3 ladies pick a great outfit along with the store staff. We arrived at the Lane Bryant store at 8:00 am (prior to the store opening) and we were greeted by the Hair and Makeup team of the Cosmo & Company Salon & Spa. They took care of the ladies hair & makeup and did a fantastic job.

At 10:00 Am the store opened and customers came in to the store for the big reveal. The ladies were so happy, they love their looks. It was such an honor and pleasure to work with these beautiful women. After hearing some of their stories of survival and strength, I feel privileged to have been a part of this event.

After the makeover the ladies were picked up by a Limousine and treated to lunch.

During the store celebration the store was raffling Lane Bryant gift cards every hour and the Cosmo & Company Salon hand out $20 off hair services coupons to the guests.

Customers enjoyed some delicious Cheryl's cookies as they shopped for items from the Lane Bryant Pink Collection, especially marked items that give 10% of the purchased price back to the American Cancer Society.

Big thanks to Lane Bryant for hosting the event, the staff of the Market Place at the Outlets Lane Bryant store, the Cosmo & Company Salon & Spa hair & makeup team as well as the American Cancer Society for making a difference in these women’s lives. 

Last but not least the breast cancer survivors Lorna G. Johnson, Susan Lord and Helen Lindsay. I wish I was half as courageous as you ladies are. I was inspired by you and I will cherish this experience forever.

Live, Love & Inspire