There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era. Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era. He was happy dining with the rich and famous, for sure, but equally happy playing dominoes with his devoted staff. His designs reflected his extraordinary personality: optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic. At dinner this summer—just the two of us—he told fascinating stories about his life in Paris and later working for Miss Arden who apparently always called Helena Rubinstein “that woman.” The conversation became more serious and he told me he felt he had had the most amazing life and he was not afraid. This strength must have been with him in the hospital last week when he made the decision to turn off treatment; it was not the quality of life he wanted.
And then, last weekend, [my daughter] Bee and I went up to Kent to see him. We laughed about Bee’s love life. He gave her advice, and then he said he had a dream to see the allée and pond he had just designed on the grounds. He could no longer move, so we went out and took pictures on his iPad for him to see and ate a chicken sandwich with [his wife] Annette and Janet, his extraordinary nurse. His last words to me were I love you, and I said I love you back.
He never once complained about his illness, always positive, always looking forward. He was a tireless philanthropist—he and Annette supported so many charities, some quite small and under the radar—and the most generous friend. Dinners in Paris when he was designing for Balmain would start with the two of us and end up twenty or more. He would ask the concierge to dinner rather than dine alone. There were glorious times in Punta Cana, always dancing, always singing, taking the kids out to swim with the dolphins when they were little, always happy to include ten more people for dinner, always the phone call to say thank you and to gossip, so thrilled to make Amal’s dress. He was determined to come to [my son] Charlie’s wedding, but was sent by his assistant to the wrong airport. Yet he turned up with a smile and kiss at the last minute to put the veil on Elizabeth and send her down the aisle in the dress of her dreams. Every girl’s dream.
He always said accept your friends for who they are, not for who you want them to be. Oscar was everything you could want a friend to be. Annette was his perfect partner, creating those magical houses and gardens together, giving extraordinary seemingly effortless dinners, and always taking care of each other. She slept on a cot in the hospital every night he was there. Theirs was the greatest, most life-enhancing love affair. Last week in the hospital he said that she never wears the beautiful jewelry he gave her, and she said simply, “I have you.”
Every woman should possess some accessories in her wardrobe that are essential for the fall season. With the cooling temperatures, it is imperative that her choice of clothes also shifts accordingly.
Here are the 6 essential accessories that every girl must have in her wardrobe:
Boots: Be it a pair of high boots or booties, these look stylish and trendy with different types of dresses. You can wear skin tight jeans along with these, while leggings will also work perfectly fine. Apart from that, you can also pair your skirts with boots. The boots will actually save your feet from rain and early snow in the winter season.
LBD Black dress: If you have heard that a black dress is essential for every woman, you have heard it right. A sleek and elegant black dress can be worn to any formal occasion like a business party or a meeting. With a change of necklace or scarf you can go from day to evening. This dress will make you look just right, neither too formal nor too casual.
A black blazer: You can either choose a formal blazer or a casual one, depending on your style. Choosing the right shirt or dress to be worn with the blazer is essential for a stylish look. For business meetings, it is best to wear a buttoned shirt under the blazer. However, when you are going out with friends, you can easily slip in a casual top beneath the blazer with a skirt.
Purses and handbags: Carrying an oversized bag to a business dinner or an event is a definite no, a clutch would work better for such an occasion. Purses, clutches, oversized handbags and stylish wallets should be a part of your closet. An oversized bag is good for the fall season as you would need to stuff the layers of clothing that you wear in case you suddenly start feeling warm.You can even carry a clutch in your oversized to make the evening transition.
Scarves and headgear: Well, the best thing about winter is the opportunity to wear different types of scarves and headgear. Also, you can combine different printed scarves with your blazer or jacket in order to get a cool and chic appearance. You can also try different styles of tying the scarf, which can help create a variation in your look.
Jackets: Half sleeves or full sleeves, jackets come in different forms, fabrics, and styles. The most popular ones would be leather jackets that give you a smart look and provide warmth too. Apart from this, you should also have a a longer coat to wear with all dress lengths.
Winter months can become particularly pleasurable with the right clothing. Wearing different layers of clothing is best during these months. This will not only provide the warmth that you are looking for, but will also make you look stylish and chic.