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New York Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta stages lavish show


Oscar De La Renta spring 2012. Photo: Getty Images

Oscar De La Renta spring 2012. Photo: Getty Images

Oscar De La Renta spring 2012. Photo: Getty Images

Oscar de la Renta’s spring/summer 12 collection borrows from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The legendary designer showcased at New York Fashion Week yesterday. He is one of the most iconic designers in the industry and the number of celebrities who flocked to his shows demonstrated his popularity is still soaring. US Vogue editor Anna Wintour was there, along with Valentino, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and Ashley Olsen.

Oscar de la Renta spring 2012 collection

None of those who attended were disappointed. Oscar showed a beautiful collection which encompassed day-to-day looks as well as show-stopping evening pieces.

Models sported huge hair, backcombed and styled so it stood out from their heads almost on end. This was a decision the designer made after growing tired of seeing the same sleek looks everywhere.

“Every single girl who came to see me had hair that was plastered to their heads,” he explained. “It was so lacquered it was like cement. I said to them, ‘If you have a boyfriend, he wouldn’t want to touch your head with hair like that.’”

Colour has been a theme of the shows so far and this one was no different. Models wore flowing knee-length dresses in canary yellow, perfectly tailored ankle-skimming trousers in green teamed with v-neck shirts boasting billowing sleeves and stunning deep red coat dresses and shifts.

“The wealth of embellishments were lavish: airy organza appliqués to sassy allover tassels and major sequin encrustations,” reports WWD.

As always with the designer print was featured, so skirts boasted subtle flowers down the sides. Any tweeness was avoided thanks to the plunging v-neck of the blouse it was worn with.

Several day dresses also featured small flower print, but if that’s not for you why not give a nod to the look with a chiffon scarf worn with wide-leg navy pants and a petrol blue waistcoat?

Some evening dresses had huge skirts which took up most of the runway. Not for the fainthearted they came in eye-popping yellow, red and green. For the more demure, a flowing chiffon black gown was the showstopper.

Marchesa’s collection was ethereal and stunning. Carved from mesh, tulle and chiffon the clothing shimmered and glided as it came down the runway. The design house eschewed colour for a simple palette of blush, cream, black and grey – which was perfect for their pieces.

An iridescent cream gown flowed at the bottom but boasted a figure-hugging top, while tight satin dresses were paired with lavish stoles.

If floor-sweeping gowns aren’t your thing, other versions were slim-fitting and knee-length coming in grey and black and sporting feathers.

Rodarte boasted Taylor Swift, Saoirse Ronan, Rooney Mara, Beyoncé Knowles and Dakota and Elle Fanning in the audience.

The clothes were inspired by Van Gough, so hues were bright and there was a lot of print. Perfectly draped and accessorised with high shoes and bold make-up the collection was a hit with critics.

Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka and Nine West also presented yesterday. Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Prozenza Schouler and Anna Sui will showcase today, the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week.

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