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Judging from the cuts and colors of this collection, de la Renta has Palm Beach on his mind. He opened with a series of brightly colored dresses and skirts, some cut in a swingy, ballooning silhouette, others slim and paired with silk sweaters. The designer knows how to keep things young—by roughing up the edges of a turquoise silk skirt or tossing a boxy yellow alligator jacket over a slim white skirt—as well as how to dress those whose daily routine includes cocktails on the yacht (answer: a group of simple black dresses, each more Hepburn-perfect than the last, or a spangly pink pencil skirt worn with a cashmere top to fend off ocean breezes).
Turning up the volume for evening, de la Renta progressed from a long, cool pour of pink charmeuse, to a giddy yellow satin strapless dress covered in nosegays of silk flowers, to embroidered and embellished showstoppers guaranteed to make it a memorable night—red carpet or not.