Dinner with Oscar de la Renta

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From ball gowns to pudding bowls, designer Oscar de la Renta is in the business of making beautiful things.
Unlike his recent fashion collaboration — allowing John Galliano, the disgraced former creative director of Dior, a creative residency at the house of de la Renta — the only controversy this new project might invite is which floral arrangements best suits the china.
The designer has collaborated with The New York Botanical Garden for a limited editiontabletop collection, inspired by prints and engravings from 18th and 19th century botanical books sourced from the city’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library.
Bold summer colours of indigo, vermillion, lettuce green and ivory dominate the collection, manifested in peony and apply blossom prints. The floral theme also finds interpretation in 3D objects: Dahlia salt and pepper shakers, magnolia paperweights, pumpkin shaped butter dishes…
“When I think of Oscar de la Renta, my mind immediately travels to the gardens he has created, his love of flowers, his sense of romance, and how this has influenced his collections and his houses. This collaboration is such a natural extension of who Oscar is and his great passion for gardens,” says Carolina Irving, creative director, Oscar de la Renta Home.
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