Oscar De La Renta | Top 10 Memorable Quotes

October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, an American Great, passed away at age 82.  While the iconic designer was known for creating legendary, “fairytale” gowns, he also made a huge impact with his words of wisdom about fashion, style, and women.

Here are some of his best quotes:

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”

“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.”

“Every season I am inspired by women.”

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself”

“I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway.”

“Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.”

“We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.”

“I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”

“There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.”

Destination | Dylan’s Candy Bar

October 17, 2014



Elizabeth McKay Interns, Sam and Emily, brave Dylan’s Candy Bar for a fun-filled, colorful afternoon.

For a midday “pick me up,” we sent our intrepid interns, Sam and Emily, out to explore our neighbor (and Upper East Side staple), Dylan’s Candy Bar.  From the moment they walked in, they knew they were in Elizabeth McKay heaven.   Everything in the store is eye-catching, it all pops with color, sugar, excitement, and exudes happiness.  Located on 3rd Avenue between 60th and 61st street and owned by Dylan Lauren, Fashion legend Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan’s Candy Bar brings candy stores to a whole new level. The walls are lined floor to ceiling with rainbow colored sweets.  With everything from s’mores dessert pizza to coffee and donuts ice cream gracing the menu, we knew we had found our sugar mecca.  Check out our day at Dylan’s Candy Bar.  Photographs by rebeccadalehotography.com


Milkshakes at Dylan's Candy Bar

The Elizabeth McKay girls take a break to sip Milkshakes at Dylan’s Candy Bar

Lollipops on the Ceiling at Dylan's Candy Bar

Looking at the ceiling, I can’t get the Munchkin’s song from the Wizard of Oz song out of my head, “The Lolipop Guild”

Dylan's Candy Bar Atmosphere

Color and Candy everywhere!

Bar Stools at Dylan's Candy Bar

Bar Stools at Dylan’s Candy Bar

Gumballs at Dylan's Candy Bar

Walls of Gumballs at Dylan’s Candy Bar

Interested in taking your own field trip to Dylan’s Candy bar? Be sure to check out one of their four locations and for more information head to www.dylanscandybar.com!

Fall 2014 Inspiration | Hong Kong

October 6, 2014

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My husband and I have traveled to Hong Kong many times – more than I have traveled to any other place in my adult life.  We fell in love with it from the moment we arrived, or more like the moment we stepped onto our Cathay Pacific flight.  The flight was 15 hours of pure bliss. There is absolutely no one who can get in touch with you; you watch every movie you have missed in the theaters; and you drink champagne, wine and, for good measure, some port with dessert.  As someone who is terrified of flying, it’s even a real treat for me :)

Hong Kong itself is like stepping into a time forgotten.  It has the pulse of New York City but, it’s “spit shine” clean.  The women tend to be dressed in the latest fashions and I’ll spend most of my time taking street shots for silhouette inspiration.

I have always been inspired by Asian culture, so I usually draw on Asian inspired art, sculpture, clothing, and architecture in almost all of my collections.  For my Fall 2014 collection, I focused on the traditional elements in Asian culture and history.

“Asian floral” brings in elements of fans and the movements of dragons (without actually wearing a dragon).

For the “Scales print” I drew out the scales of the dragon from the Asian Floral to create a larger, bolder complimentary print.

The “Bamboo” print is directly inspired by construction around the streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon.  I was shocked to see in the year 2014 that most construction sites still use actual bamboo as scaffolding.  Real, actual bamboo.  Shocking!

I have always loved the combination of periwinkle blue and chocolate brown and thought it fit perfectly with the fun, oriental prints in this group. I hope you fall in love with this collection just as much as I have!

xoxo – Elizabeth McKay Jenkins