Oscar de la Renta takes us on a chic picnic
Posted by on May 23, 2012 | 8:52 am EST

Oscar de la Renta started with a black-and-white color palette that transitioned into a colorful hodgepodge of blues, greens, and pinks. From his Fall collection’s royal inspirations, the designer took everything a notch lower—albeit ever-so-slightly—with an amazing lineup of dresses, skirts and pants. Collectively, they reminded us of the casualness of daytime picnics courtesy of the gingham patterns, and the laidback appeal of all-girl brunches with easy dresses.

The silhouette was kept distinctly feminine, paying homage to the womanly aesthetics of the 1950s. Although Oscar de la Renta’s love for absolute elegance and refinement were still on display, it carefully teetered closer towards a feeling of intimate relaxedness. Suits, pants, skirts, blazers and dresses filled the runway without drowning us in flamboyance and instead bathing us in easy-chic options for daytime dressing. Despite the classic silhouettes, every piece was contemporary in execution, a nod to de la Renta’s forward-thinking attitude.

Looking closer at the garments, one can see the floral trend enduring, with a bevy of florals in a sundry of shapes and sizes beautifully creating depth in some of the pieces. A red-belted sleeveless dress looked particularly divine with scarlet roses, while carnations also made a slew of appearances on mesmerizing separates. The designer also embraced the simplistic beauty of flower photo prints that arrived with a bang. We were particularly mesmerized by a blazer-looking photo-printed top that was paired with a matching skirt for it sort of painted the colors of the sunset. While we’ve seen larger-than-life and micro prints before, what truly surprised us was how de la Renta took the banality of the gingham pattern and fashioned it into what we think will be the print we’ll be seeing throughout resort season.

As the show transitioned into the eveningwear category, it reminded us again of where de la Renta’s true design prowess reigns. The first dress, a dazzling casual-yet-evening-worthy look that paired a floor-length metallic skirt with a glittery sweater top, successfully merged the easiness of his collection’s theme and his always-glamorous taste. A sharp and structured green peplum evening gown also made waves on the runway, marking the resilience of one of spring’s most favored trends. The finale dress however, truly stole our hearts—a black-and-white gingham-patterned ball gown that oozed with vivacity, freshness and youthful fancy.

Images from Oscar de la Renta

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