>> TIP JAR —A fun little blind item from Oscar de la Renta himself:
One of my assistants, who is a wonderful girl, worked for quite a long time at another couture house. The designer used to make really unbelievable clothes. And it's not that he's not making beautiful clothes now, but I think that their emphasis is not really on selling the clothes, but on selling the accessories and selling the brand. When she saw me working, she said, 'Oh my goodness, you work very differently,' because, you know, every single dress I fit, I work on it. She said [the other designer] never touched the clothes, and I said that's not the designer I knew.