There was a surprising new face at Oscar de la Renta today: Zac Posen was sitting in the front row for the first time, not far from the
socialites who wouldn't miss one of the master's shows for the world.
"It's a dream to see the pinnacle of embroidery and luxurious fabrics
from the best mills in the world treated in the most magnificent ways,"
Posen said afterward. If this wasn't the most lavish of Oscar shows,
there were still more than enough rich details to go around, Great
Recession be damned. And he didn't skimp on color, either. A vibrant
teal safari suit updated with wide sleeves and cropped pants, a smart
silk crepe dress with a draped neckline in pale melon, and a bronze
linen twill trench with pushed-up sleeves stood out among white broderie anglaise and creamy tweeds. And as for those embroideries, one of the most interesting was a threadwork fitted sheath in white, hyacinth, and peridot.
The presentation could've benefited from less heavy-handed styling
(Heidi braids with fabric woven through them and felt hats? heads
swaddled in lace?). But minus the distracting extras, there were looks
here to make his customers' hearts go pitter-patter, especially for
evening. A belted nude column with lavish silver embroidery, a black
Chantilly lace embroidered dress, a white silk gazar and black silk
crepe one-shoulder gown—if your celebrity stylist hasn't already
called them in for the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles this Sunday, sorry,
ladies, it's probably too late.