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Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service. 
Top  Pants (similar) Shoes (similar)
Will keep this short and sweet - I prioritized for an outfit with movement and breathability and couldn't pass up an opportunity to wear Ivy Park in a park. I mean, I'm sure she timed the collection's release with the centennial of the National Parks Service, right?

De Young: Oscar de la Renta, the Retrospective

The man, the myth, the legend.

I went to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibition at the de Young today, and if you live in/around San Francisco and haven't gone, I would strongly recommend it. I would also recommend buying your tickets online and printing them at home, as the line to buy tickets was very long. The tickets have a staggered, time specific entry, which helped the exhibit from becoming too crowded.

What does one wear to see de la Renta? Obviously, your best printed jumpsuit. (This is actually separates, but I feel it has the attitude of a jumpsuit, without the hassle of needing a friend to unzip you when you have to pee). I initially bought this printed top, and when I saw the matching bottoms I couldn't resist. These are from a past seasons, but similar pants here and here.

A.L.C. silk top and bottoms
The show has various themed cross-sections of his work, sorted by type (such as day wear, evening gowns, etc.) and inspiration (such as Russian and Spanish influence). I don't want to say too much or post too many images, as part of joy is being surprised by each room and the articles therein, but I will include a few snaps.

Check out the bottom of those pants!

So  much whimsy! Also, a prime example of the strange mannequin shoe situation.

Here is that dress in action - my own photo taken from the exhibition catalog. 

The best part was definitely how close you were able to get to the clothes - it made me really appreciate the detail and tailoring. I will say, though, that I thought a few of the rooms had strange lighting, and I wished they were a little brighter, or had played with color more to make the clothes pop. Also, some of the mannequin choices were odd (for example, none of them had shoes, they just had tape wrapped around the feet to sort of give the idea of shoes) (also I fully understand if that last parenthetical makes no sense). Essentially, the clothing brought the drama, and I would have liked a little more drama from the surroundings.

You might look at this photo and think - she wants more drama...

Have you seen it? Let me know your thoughts. It is at the de Young until May 30th.