July 08, 2001 Paris
Centered around Spanish and Russian motifs, de la Renta's collection was concise and impeccably executed. Racy boleros, flamenco hats and profusely beaded skirts stole the show; even a draped tuxedo jacket and satin shirt looked like they could have been worn by an off-duty matador. De la Renta also supplied richly embroidered coats, massive fur hats and generous muffs reminiscent of Catherine the Great, as well as an outstanding gold damask long-skirted suit, decadently trimmed with sable. Not quite the thing for lunch at Swifty's? Don't panic: De la Renta's double-faced wool coats, muslin blouses and precisely cut tweed tailleurs with ruched side-fastenings should do the trick.