As handbag lovers, we’ve been very lucky recently. Luxury brands are notoriously secretive about their behind-the-scenes processes, particularly their manufacturing, and anyone who knows anything about the counterfeit trade knows exactly why that is. Letting people behind the curtain not only risks trade secrets, but it also chances taking some off the luxurious mystique off of the final product. Don’t be fooled, that mystique factors heavily into the prices that these brands are able to charge for their goods.

Last week, though, Chanel threw open its doors and let a bit of sun shine on the work that goes into a Chanel Classic Flap. This week, our interest goes to Valentino, which has released images to document the making of the lovely Valentino Rockstud Net Bag. You can check out all of the up-close-and-personal images after the jump or shop the design via Neiman Marcus for $3345. (more…)

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to know how things work and fit together. I used to take apart and reassemble all my toys, day after day, with endless curiosity. Unfortunately, fashion doesn’t lend itself to the same kind of inquisitiveness unless you’ve got unlimited funds to buy yourself a new Chanel Flap Bag after you ruin your first one after it gets assembled. That’s where our friends at StyleRepublic come in – somehow, they pulled a behind-the-scenes tour of the Chanel Classic Flap manufacturing process, and they’ve got lots of gorgeous pictures to let us know exactly how the magic happens. We’ve taken you behind the scenes into the making of a Chanel bag before, but I thought perhaps the topic was worth revisiting with these beautiful pictures. Check out our favorites after the jump or peep the full feature via StyleRepublic. (more…)

Every fashion week the biggest highlight for me is entering the world of a designer whose aesthetic is so composed, his collections always so utterly beautiful I have a hard time leaving at the end of the show. I am speaking of Oscar de la Renta, a man that is a permanent fixture of both the fashion world and the American design world.

Icy blues and pale pinks glided down the runway for Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012, some with so much volume that the gowns took over the entire width of the runway. We were taken into a fairy-tale world where Cinderella met the embellishment Queen. Simple yet gorgeous headbands adorned with crystals held back full, wispy hair, and ladylike shoes pranced down the runway. The fishnet stockings were an unexpected addition but they worked so beautifully against the femininity of the clothing.

Most important to note is that the bags from Oscar de la Renta are taking a major stride forward, with a much more contemporary-cool feel. Structured clutches offset with fur and stone accents added a modern touch to the collection. Oscar never lets us down and the success of the collection could well be seen from the applause and smiles across everyone’s faces, including Anna Wintour’s, during the show’s finale.

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Last month, we had the pleasure of attending the Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012 runway show, and Vlad and I arrived early to capture behind the scenes photos before the show began. Once backstage, I immediately spotted the incredibly talented Jamie Beck, photographer and co-creator of Cinemagraphs, whose website From Me to You is one of my favorites for visual inspiration. (more…)

I had the unique opportunity to photograph and document the Behind The Scenes for the Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show during last week’s NY Fashion Week.

I found it utterly fascinating to witness the meticulous, yet chaotic routine the models, stylists, makeup artists, and other staff undergo in preparation for the big show. Trying not to get in the way while super models like Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson were hopping from station to station turned out to be a welcoming challenge.

Many thanks to the fantastic Oscar de la Renta team for allowing me to capture these intimate insights into their magnificent show.

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