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July 22 2014

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Blasblog From Barcelona: Oscar And Co. Jet In For Mango

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Oscar de la Renta knows a thing or two about presentation. And I’m not just talking about the perfect pintucked cocktail blouse here. The designer, who’s in Barcelona to present the Mango Fashion Award to a designer today, was the guest of honor at a party hosted by the city’s mayor last night. Having trained in Madrid with no less a Spanish legend than Cristobal Balenciaga, de la Renta chose the venue himself, and, naturally, the Venetian palazzo-style government building set high on a hill was stunning. “This is an amazing moment, no?” the designer said as the sun set over the city. The interior was just as thrilling, with ornate fixtures and antiquities lining the walls—”like the inside of a wedding cake,” somebody said. At dinner there was a place setting reserved for a Mr. Rafael Nadal next to Oscar’s very excited fledging designer son Moises. (The de la Rentas’ appreciation of tennis is well documented; they have center-court seats at the U.S. Open every year.) When he was a no-show, de la Renta fils was disappointed, but only until he was he told that this was a different Nadal than the player currently ranked No. 1. In the end, Leigh Lezark wound up taking his seat. “Not a bad replacement,” Moises said. The night finished with a performance from a traditional Spanish guitarist and a very spirited singer and flamenco dancer. “Now, that’s a diva,” said Solange Knowles. More on Mango’s $350,000 prize winner and Knowles’ performance later.

 

 

Photo: Derek Blasberg

 

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