Oscar de la Renta goes uptown

19 February 2009

Uptown for Oscar and the mood changes as soon as you step inside the Park Avenue venue. Out of the miserable weather and the Midtown mayhem, all is serenely organised and impeccably groomed. Even the sound system has tailormade white coveralls so nothing here is going to offend the eye. It's enough to make a windswept gal feel grubby. These were serious AM looks (ante-Madoff). In the glory days of the bull market Oscar's neat little knee-length shifts, billowy lace blouses and languid pants graced the smartest lunching establishments. While the jewel-coloured cocktail dresses and perfectly understated columns of crêpe defined the big givers at the charity benefits. In these less sparkly PM days (post-Madoff), it's anyone's guess where Oscar's divine gowns are likely to pop up next. Doubtless they live on behind old money's closed doors. We can but dream...


1) Jourdan Dunn looking positively regal in a huge black and white print strapless gown.

2) Jewel satin cocktail dresses.

3) Cardigan with bugle-beaded collar.

4) The leopard-print one-shouldered column dress.

5) Gloves to finish a suit… how fabulously 1950s is that?

- Paula Reed

Click through to see more looks from the show, and check out our latest New York show reports as SJP and Anna Wintour bonded at Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs went back to the '80s, Thakoon went over to the dark side, Donna Karan went back to basics, Matthew Williamson upped the glam factor, Rodarte's girls got tough, Marc by Marc Jacobs was the epitome of preppy chic, Michael Kors did serious neon brights, Phillip Lim's girls went all marching band and Proenza Schouler did shape-shifting.


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