Cheerful colors and feminine silhouettes floated down the Oscar de la Renta runway, reminding us that “pretty” always has a place in fashion.
Oscar de la Renta’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection takes us on a journey from black-and-white wearable basics to voluminous eveningwear, which blossoms with eye-popping prints and graceful decorative touches. Chic gingham checks take center stage for the first portion of the show, accenting scarf-like collars and wide cuffs. Even though the outfits and ultra-feminine silhouettes of the collection are reminiscent of Betty Draper’s early wardrobe on Mad Men, there is a certain Spanish flair at work in the off-shoulder looks and wide, sheer sleeves similar to the peasant cut of a trajes de faralaes. Princess-cut frocks feature tropical florals against polka-dot backgrounds and rose prints presented in shingled layers. An elegant jewel-trimmed sheath dress could have been pulled straight out of Jackie O’s closet, while a high-necked, long-sleeved frock in lime green printed with daisy puffballs was a Twiggy-esque tribute. It’s easy to namecheck ladylike style muses when clothes are this iconic. Though the 1950s were present in the hourglass silhouettes and the 1960s could be found in the bright, happy prints and cheerful palette, de la Renta also called on the Art Deco era in the form of artsy embroidery on crocheted white and glittering champagne. Smashing show closers included printed gowns with rounded tulip hems that showed opaque silk linings and sleek gowns with frothy organza skirts.
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