Oscar de la Renta
February 12, 2001 New York
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.