Oscar de la Renta
February 11, 2014 New York
Plenty of choices, as usual, but the audience seemed to make theirs when a sleeveless, knee-length dress patchworked from wide stripes of bouclé jacquard, each color embroidered in a different motif, glided onto the runway. It was utterly simple and yet completely divine. You could sense the "I want that one" energy in the room.
We'll likely be hearing quite a lot about Charles James and his ball gowns with the exhibition opening at the Costume Institute this spring, but there's no debate who the current master is. De la Renta had some real beauties in this collection. Our favorites came in lilac pink silk duchesse with a burgundy velvet bustier and in strapless geranium red silk faille accented with gold sequins and cord embroidery. Slightly shorter in the front than in the back, they flashed a few inches of ankle. An Oscar for an Oscar nominee, anyone?