Spring 2012: Oscar de la Renta

24 Dec

This was an absolutely strange collection. de la Renta was all over the place in this collection referencing everything from Arabian style to Victorian era…I love the new confidence and the new style behind de la Renta’s collections, but at least some organization is necessary. The show started on an insanely strong note with the evening gowns that were (somehow) dressed down with cropped crochet piece put over. It was such a strong strong note and reminded me of a de la Renta version of Valli’s gorgeous red, FW’11 closing dress. The second piece I selected also felt like it channeled another iconic collection – Stella McCartney SS’11 with the fruit and the simple style. I loved the bright yellow and the crochet v-neck. He does it so well with the retro but current. There was also some Missoni channeling in the crochet knits and dresses and the last dress — the gorgeous Tibi dresses (except in blue, which they do sell and I did buy…). Anyways, to me this felt like a transitional year for de la Renta. He had a strong-ish collection. The pieces were strong, the craft was strong but there was something missing and that was definitely the a theme. He drew inspiration from many recent collections that drew from past eras. It was interesting in the individual strength but complete lack of power.

credit: style.com

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