I recently returned from Singapore where I attended Fidé Fashion French Couture Week. The event, now in its second year, is designed to showcase the breathtaking creations of French couturiers to Asian consumers and to educate a new generation of fashion followers about French haute couture. I was also invited to take part in a symposium on the globalization of haute couture along with Didier Grumbach, President of France's Chambre syndical de la couture, the IHT's veteran fashion critic Suzy Menkes and Now Fashion's Editor in Chief Jessica Michault. Not intimidating in the least.
Of course, I was deeply flattered to take part but also really rather nervous. I was not nervous so much about what to say but rather what to wear. What on earth does one wear when surrounded by the likes of Christophe Josse, Gustavo Lins, Julien Fournié, Alexis Mabille and various other distinguished French couturiers? I could have played it safe with a well-cut little black dress which would have been appropriate but also a tad boring. I opted instead for a bright red Oscar de la Renta dress with a subtle cowl neck and a lovely V in the back purchased on Net-A-Porter roughly three years ago.
After the symposium, several of these distinguished designers come up to me to complement me on the color, cut and texture of my dress. A few of them even wanted to touch the fabric and they all wanted to know who had designed it! When I told them it was by Oscar de la Renta, one couturier smiled and gave a little nod. It was the nod of recognition mixed with professional admiration.
I will be posting about my Singapore adventure next week but I wanted first to express my gratitude to Mr. de la Renta. Your dress made me feel confident and professional but also feminine and elegant. That's quite a lot for just one dress. Merci infiniment!
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