Few designers have reached the kind of recognition and revelry that Oscar de la Renta commands. His talent is never up for debate for he has always been innovative in his vision and flawless in his execution. For his Fall/Winter collection, the designer did not detach himself from what he is known for—breathtaking glamour and absolute elegance. Then again, he also set foot on uncharted design territory, wheeling towards moderate youthfulness.
Looking like daughters of royal families, models traipsed down the catwalk in cocktail dresses, jackets, pants, parkas and coats. The first look paired a jewel-printed pencil skirt with a white loose turtleneck sweater. The similar print appeared on the fox fur-collared coat that together exuded coziness that was nothing short of sophistication. From then on, the print graced more looks, lending a touch of youthful fancy to the otherwise adult glamour that de la Renta is famed for.
The color palette sent a trickle of pastel-colored excitement. Besides the usual black and white, various shades of blue, pink, teal, red and yellow brightened the runway. A combination of yellow, brown and white on a knee-length dress made the geometric pattern look like the surface of a gem.
The silhouettes were just as diverse, offering both fluidity and structure. But perhaps it was a ballerina dress that prompted a quick intake of breath amongst the awe-struck audience. The icy blue dress moved like a dream down the runway. It was a look fit for a young princess, with bow-adorned shoulders, jewel embellishments and a matching tiara to complete the ensemble. As if jewelry weren’t enough, headbands, belts and shoes were an optimum source of high-fashion sparkle as well.
The dreamy collection was capped with a lineup of ball gowns that seemingly floated on the runway. No look was more captivating than the effervescent evening gown modeled by Arizona Muse. It was a frosty blue concoction of incredible volume and restraint that confirms once again why de la Renta comfortably stands where he is.
Images from Oscar de la Renta