With a palette centered mainly around black and white, Oscar de la Renta offered
a more somber take than usual on his frothy classics, but still provided a wide
range of stylistic options for his faithful clientele.
For lunch at Swifty's, there were salt-and-pepper tweed suits, gently flared
skirts to the knee, and wool coats with fur collars and prim leather bow belts.
De la Renta's vision of casual luxury also included cashmere and boiled wool
cardigan jackets, ruffled silk charmeuse blouses and even a sexy, youthful
fuchsia shearling mini. Evening took a turn for the dramatic with beaded and
feathered slipdresses, tapestry-print velvet trousers and gowns, and a couple of
decidedly gothic black opera coats. Some of these looks will prove overwhelming
for many, but steadfast Oscar fans will still be able to find plenty of their
favorite ruffled skirts and sexy halter tops.
Shoe and bag fetishists will be delighted to know that de la Renta launched his
signature line of accessories this season, including diamond-buckled pumps,
satin slingbacks, embroidered boots and hard-frame crocodile cases.