October 21, 2014: Fashion Icon Oscar de la Renta Dies, What Lorde Has to Do With the World Series, Jay Leno Awarded Mark Twain Prize

By Beth Kormanik October 21, 2014, 7:58 AM EDT

1. FASHION ICON OSCAR DE LA RENTA DIES: Known as a go-to designer for high-profile events from the Oscars to presidential inaugurations, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at age 82. The New York Times: “Determined to stay relevant, Mr. de la Renta achieved fame in two distinct realms: as a couturier to socialites—the so-called ladies-who-lunch, his bread and butter—and as a red-carpet king. He also dressed four American first ladies, but it was Hollywood glitz, rather than nice uptown clothes, that defined him for a new age and a new customer. Just as astutely he embraced social media.”

2. WHAT LORDE HAS TO DO WITH THE WORLD SERIES: When one of the contenders for the World Series sharing the same name as a hit pop song, it makes for some amusing crossover stunt marketing. The singer Lorde has cited the Kansas City Royals as inspiring the title of “Royals,” her breakout hit, and now that the team is in the World Series vs. the San Francisco Giants, fans are taking sides over the song. Rolling Stone: “A pair of San Fran radio stations have announced they're removing ‘Royals’ from their playlists until the Series is done, after both were inundated with angry emails from listeners. Meanwhile, Kansas City's KZPT—which just so happens to be KOIT's sister station—has announced they'll be pumping ‘Royals’ into the highest-possible rotation, playing the song every hour on the hour on Tuesday.”

3. JAY LENO AWARDED MARK TWAIN PRIZE: The 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, a benefit for the Kennedy Center, went this year to Jay Leno, who was feted in Washington on Sunday. The event included tributes from fellow comedians, including this zinger from Betty White: “My job is to put Jay’s career in context, like I did for Tina Fey in 2010, and for Mark Twain in 1910.” Washington Post:


BOSTON:  Virginia Rometty, president and chief executive of I.B.M., will speak at the Boston College Chiefs’ Executive Club at the Boston Harbor Hotel October 22. Putnam Investments chief executive Robert Reynolds is the host.

CHICAGO:  Barker & Meowsky will host its 12th annual “Tricks & Tricks” event on Friday. Featuring a dog costume contest, the free Halloween party also offers a photo booth, face painting, a magician, games, and prizes.

The Unicef Masquerade Ball will take place in Chicago for the first time on October 30. At Moonlight Studios, the event will have a “Superheroes & Villains” theme.

LAS VEGAS:  The Linq Las Vegas and Andretti Sports Marketing are teaming up this fall to produce Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas at the Linq, the championship finale round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

Boyz II Men has extended its residency at the Mirage Hotel & Casino through December 2015.

Opportunity Village and Mayor Carolyn Goodman hosted a preview Friday for the 10th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run, which is slated for December 6 and is expected to draw more than 15,000 Santa-gear-clad racers.

LOS ANGELES:  Pitbull will once again host the American Music Awards, which will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Bass Museum of Art will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala November 1. Le Basque is catering and designing the gala, which will include pop-up performance art, cocktails, a reception, and a dance party. The sold-out event is expected to draw 250 guests.

The annual Coral Gables Executive Physicians Anniversary Cocktail Reception, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, is Thursday at the group's offices. About 400 people are expected to attend.

NEW YORK:  Art collector and hotelier Mera Rubell and her daughter, the artist Jennifer Rubell, are the honorees at the Brooklyn Museum's 12th annual Women in the Arts luncheon on Wednesday.

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ORLANDO:  Capa restaurant is now open at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant has two private dining rooms that each seat 35 people. The menu is focused on Spanish-inspired cuisine.

TORONTO:  Juicy Couture will host a launch party for its fragrance “Viva La Juicy” at the Studio at David Pecaut Square this morning. Candice & Alison produced the event, which will offer brunch-inspired hors d’oeuvres from the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto and treats from Cake Opera Company.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Taste of the South, a culinary benefit, will be held on March 21, 2015, at the Washington Hilton. The evening's featured beneficiary will be the South Carolina-based Camp Happy Days. More than 2,000 guests are expected to attend.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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