If today’s Oscar de la Renta show taught the audience anything, it’s that there’s no “I” in “team”. There are, however, cayenne-red strapless silk faille gowns, white tulle layered tops with pearl beading, and organza cocktail dresses with billowing draped sleeves.
Let’s back up. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have recently been named as the new co-Creative Directors of Oscar de la Renta, where their first collection will be Fall/Winter 2017. They succeed Peter Copping, who exited the brand earlier this year after having taken the creative helm of the label a few months before founder Oscar de la Renta’s death in 2014. Therefore, today’s Spring/Summer 2017 presentation was the result of not one vision but that of ten members of the studio team working together to design on behalf of a brand that eagerly awaits its new leaders.
So how did this collective thinking play out on the runway?
The Spring/Summer 2017 presentation was a pleasurably devourable chapter in the rich and evolving Oscar de la Renta tome.
The show, which was held at The Morgan Library & Museum, a space that got its start as the private library of Pierpont Morgan, one of the United States’ most prominent cultural benefactors, and houses masterpieces of music and literature from throughout the twentieth century, automatically called to mind a nostalgia for the past. Along this sentiment, white Chantilly blouses, long-sleeve peasant dresses, and tulle cocktail frocks paid tribute to Oscar de la Renta’s most beloved masterpieces of collections past, which are beloved for their sartorially sweet but never sappy timelessness.
To keep the collection current, the studio incorporated silhouettes like a black faille crop top with miniature mirrors paired with an ikat jacket and skirt or a stunning strapless silk faille gown that nearly cha cha’d right off the runway.
The bottom line? While the brand waits for its future story to be written, the Spring/Summer 2017 presentation was a pleasurably devourable chapter in the rich and evolving Oscar de la Renta tome.