this oscar is no grouch

every once in a while the job - and even working on a friday night - offers perks that make it all worth while. viewing oscar de la renta's spring 2010 line up close and personal tomorrow night is one of those times. i'll be at hospice evening 2010 at the breakers to benefit the hospice foundation of palm beach county, and even though i'll be working with photographers most of the time, there will be a little time-out to see what oscar has in store for us the next few months.

saks fifth avenue palm beach sponsors the fashion portion of the evening, and past years have showcased bob mackie, geoffrey beene, vera wang, arnold scaasi, carolina herrera, badgley mischka and naeem khan. the last show i saw there was bill blass, and the pieces were breathtaking, so i'm really looking forward to tomorrow night.

this year, guests - and i - are sure to be captivated by de la renta’s vibrant colors, dramatic draped dresses, intricate embroideries, accessories and other exciting elements. one of the top design houses in the world, and the dominican republic native’s childhood was spent among the island’s color, flowers and sunshine, which continue to inspire his bright palette and beautiful designs.

only one problem for tomorrow night. my plan to "recycle" the black and white bcbg dress i wore two years ago is not going well (despicable, i know, but it's still full price at the store so i figure it can't be too much against fashion law). as stupid as it may sound, i did not forsee that my dress would be a bit too big from all my marathon training since the first time i wore it (which should be a good thing). plus even though it's not quite out of style, it's not exactly on trend either. any inexpensive ideas? i've already bought too many dresses for this social season!

next up on my list of perks...the michael kors and graff fashion show at the mar-a-lago club jan. 23 to benefit the palm beach heart ball, where i might just get the chance to meet mk himself...stay tuned!
* photos from oscar de la renta's spring 2010 line

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