January 22, 2001 Paris
For informal luncheons there are piped gabardine and linen suits with fitted waists and pencil skirts cut just above the knee, double-faced cashmere coats, and a relaxed ivory shantung caban. Classic proportions and smart details like embroidered cuffs and collars
But everyone knows that show-stopping evening dresses are what de la Renta is famous for (it's a shame he missed President Bush's inauguration ball by just a few days). The gamut of eventful gowns he showed ran from a slinky white satin crepe skirt with a feathered top to a feather-trimmed tulle-and-muslin extravaganza. It all amounted to a veritable smorgasbord of possibilities from which to pick and choose; clearly, de la Renta would never dream of limiting his ladies.