Oscar de la Renta
February 12, 2013 New York
Then again, other pieces seemed more like vintage de la Renta. The 80-year-old will mark his 50th year of designing clothes in New York in 2013, so there isn't much territory that he hasn't covered. Nonetheless, it's safe to say that he owns looks like this show's white-ribbon-embroidered black party dress. The exaggerated toile prints and jacquards said America, not la France.
The real question, though, isn't who did this and who did that, but rather, was it all any good? In some ways, it felt a good deal more conservative than de la Renta's Spring collection, which boasted latex skirts and tops as well as evening shorts. On the other hand, nothing last season came close to the wow factor of the two grand silk faille ball gowns with gold bullion embroidery (one shocking pink, the other mulberry) that closed the show. In theory, Galliano's residency is almost up, but if there's one thing for certain, tonight wasn't the end of the intrigue.