Oscar de la Renta sticks to a theme but refuses to be restricted. To begin, his spring collection is firmly feminine with its pastel pinks and blues and renowned gingham print. But with an attentive eye for detail, de la Renta contradicts this with boxy cuts and sharp, angular edges.
As the models advance down the runway, the collection ripens. A maturity within the garments and the aura that they dispense begins to reveal itself. Skirts get longer, fuller, more voluminous. The pastels pale away, replaced with a monochrome palette that is evocative of European high end fashion with its beautiful lace detailing.
However, de la Renta’s Dominican Republic influences are glimpsed in the splashes of colour that adorn the garments in the form of flowers. Vibrant blooms decorate knee length dresses giving them a modern edge, whilst vivid green forestry awakens a white fur coat which transcends the rest of the collection.
What de la Renta can do with lace and fur is truly magical.
Written as part of an application for a position at The Future Vintage Magazine contributing as a London Fashion Week journalist.