From the office to the mall and from dates to black-tie benefits, Oscar de la Renta has wardrobe necessities in mind for every moment of your urban or suburban life. Although occasion dressing might be his strongest craft, de la Renta has also perfected the art of sophisticated daywear.
For Fall/Winter 2014, he starts off strong with menswear suiting that looks especially sharp beneath fur-collared coats. He then turns to street style to amp up the cool factor, showing leather tulip-hemmed skirts, fringed sweaters, and quilted pinstriped outerwear for the youth crowd. Texture contrast was important for de la Renta this season, and he paired up latticework knit jackets with leather trousers, mesh dresses with grommeted leather jackets, and shaggy fur coats with wool skirts to fantastic effect. Netting, lace, and embroidery were used to add delicacy to looks that were built from a sturdy base of wool basics and chubby furs. For instance, one frock collaged together several brocade tapestry prints in contrasting shades and patterns and topped the whole thing off with a rust-colored fox scarf. Breakout favorites include a stunning dress made entirely of a hand-embroidered spider-web lace in killer crimson, a royal-purple tie-neck blouse with embroidered bubble skirt, and a seamed leather jacket. The show closed with a series of princess-perfect ball gowns and a few slinky halter-necked maxis that demonstrated de la Renta’s talent for romance. Reliable looks for day make this a valuable collection, but amazing occasion pieces are also strong contenders for consumer favorites.
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