Inside FIT’s Couture Council Lunch Honoring Oscar de la Renta

Leah Bourne
Inside FIT’s Couture Council Lunch Honoring Oscar de la Renta
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Once a year the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Couture Council picks a designer to honored at a star studded lunch with its Couture Council’s Award for Artistry. This year Oscar de la Renta was chosen and the likes of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Barbara Walters were on hand to celebrate with the designer.
Bloomberg introduced De La Renta, saying of the designer: “Oscar has always been vocal about making sure others have the opportunities he had. He founded schools and a home for orphans in [his native] Dominican Republic. I’m proud to call him a friend, and that’s the reason Diana [Taylor, Bloomberg’s companion] is wearing Oscar today.”
“I’m an unbelievably lucky man,” De la Renta said when he took the podium. “I love what I do.” But he also took aim at celebrities who blithely launch collections with no fashion training. “Today, if you play tennis, you can be a really good designer,” de la Renta said. “Or, if you’re an actress, you can be a designer. I’ve been at it for 45 years and I’m still learning my craft on a daily basis.”
Besides celebrating one of the most iconic designer’s around the lunch proved to be the perfect spot for some serious people watching. Click through the slideshow above to get an inside look.
Photography by: Sophie Elgort

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CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were on hand at FIT's Couture Council lunch honoring Oscar de la Renta. Bloomberg said at the lunch: "If I've ever worn one of Oscar de la Renta's gowns, I wouldn't tell you."

Sarah Jessica Parker, a longtime Oscar de la Renta fan, came to show her support. She paired her flirty Oscar de la Renta dress with a menswear blazer. 

The lunch proved to be a great spot for some serious shoe watching. 

Fe Fendi at the lunch, wearing what else, but an Oscar de la Renta frock and a Fendi baguette. 

More attendees in some serious footwear. 

Bergdorf Goodman Fashion Director Linda Fargo entering the event said of De la Renta: "He is truly one of the chic-est modern-day renaissance men you’ll ever meet.”

It's not surprising that Lisa Hoenshell Boone, a haute couture milliner, wore one of the best hats in the crowd.

An attendee entering the lunch in a space age inspired look. 

Crochet and Prada high-heeled loafers pair well. 

Ida Liu, Managing Director at Citi Private Bank, is an avid supporter of FIT.

A lunch guest sporting a pair of Miu Miu sandals. 

Socialite and Vbeauté founder Julie Macklowe had a serious purple moment at the event. 

Vogue editor Anna Wintour entering the lunch, where she sat next to De La Renta.

Designer Wes Gordon interned for De La Renta before starting his own label in 2010.

Isabel and Ruben Toledo, one of fashion's cutest couples, at the event.

Hamish Bowles, International Editor at Large at Vogue, knows how to rock a cobalt blue suit. 

One of our favorite looks from the event, the attendee at right donned a frothy white babydoll dress. 

See double, two women wore the same Oscar de la Renta frock to the event. 

This guest wore spectacular accessories including cloth cuffs that riff on a tuxedo jacket. 

The scene inside the lunch at The David H. Koch theater at Lincoln Center. "I'm an unbelievably lucky man," De la Renta said as he accepted his award. "I love what I do. Today, if you play tennis, you can be a really good designer or, if you're an actress, you can be a designer. I've been at it for 45 years and I'm still learning my craft on a daily basis."

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