de la Renta Launching Children’s Line…

He may be 79-year-old, but Oscar de le Renta is proving it’s never too late to expand your oh-so-haute design empire to reach even the youngest of fashionistas…

The Dominican-born fashion design legend is preparing to launch a line of children’s luxury clothing.

Oscar de la Renta

De la Renta has hired Catherine Monteiro de Barros, who used to design the Portuguese children’s line Papo d’Anjo, as his new vice president of design for children’s wear, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

No word on what the clothes will cost, but a spokesperson for the company said the line will appeal to those “who are interested in quality and style, but who also want their children to look like children.”

De la Renta’s children’s line will be focused on boys and girls from 18 months to 14 years old.

A capsule collection should be ready for spring and will be sold at Harrod’s, Bergdorf Goodman and De la Renta’s boutiques, with a full collection released by fall.

A Material Girl & More…

She’s only 14-years-old, but Lourdes “Lola” Leon is on the fast track to becoming a design superstar.

Last year, Lola, Madonna’s daughter with Cuban personal trainer and actor Carlos Leon, launched Material Girl, a fashion line of outerwear, party dresses and sleepwear geared towards teens that she created with her pop star mother. And, now she’s expanding the brand to feature skin care products and cosmetics.

The brand, sold exclusively at Macy’s, will now include scented body lotions, lip-glosses and nail polishes.

“It was so much fun getting to pick all of my favorite scents for the Material Girl body products and lip glosses,” Lola professes in a press release. “The body products have fun names like Wicked Watermelon, Flirty Fruit, Midnight Magnolia and Sinful Sugar. I chose scents that I loved.”

Lola, who says she really had a lot to learn when first launching Material Girl, now understands fashion “a lot better.”

“It was really hard at first because I didn’t know what I was doing,” Lola said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I was like, ‘You know, not a lot of people wear this. Let me just wear it.’ It wasn’t even that it looked good on me. I was just like, `Let me do this because not a lot of people are doing it.”

Lola, who works closely with her famous mom, admits the two of you don’t always agree on designs.

“I have to tell her, ‘Mom, it is the in thing. This is what kids are doing now. If you don’t do this, then it is going to suck.’ And then she usually gives in,” admits Lola.

So how does it feel to have a successful clothing line at such a young age?

“It is really cool,” admits Lola. “Also it is a lot of fun to know that my friends enjoy it, and to know that a lot of people enjoy it because it is also a lot of what I like.”

The new Material Girl beauty products will be available on August 15, while the outerwear and dress range won’t be in stores until October. All products are priced from $5-$89.50.