18 February 2010

NYFW Show Report: Oscar de la Renta

The second show on Wednesday morning offered a glimpse into a privileged American world whose epicentre is the Upper East Side enclave of Park and Madison Avenues. Actually, Oscar De La Renta’s show offered us more than a glimpse: he flung the door open wide. The show was a narrative on the subject of the leisured and impeccably groomed lady’s typical day.  

For a winter morning, Oscar (who is her go-to guy whenever she needs anything new to wear), proposes that she shrug on a fluffy alpaca coat over her corduroy skirt with its hem embroidered to look like something out of the Gustav Klimt collection at the Neue Gallerie  (which, of course, is just around the corner from her door man building on 86th St). For the afternoon, she might choose his silk ‘Mikado’ dress, a fitted shift with its fan-pleated neck and pagoda shoulder, or maybe the purple wool crepe shift fitted so close to the body you can see whether the personal trainer is really worth his fee or not : neither is the kind of thing you wear to muck around in with the kids, but that’s the point really.

For cocktail hour, how about something simple and low key like the emerald chiffon shirt dress with the pleated skirt and abstract sequin embroidery? Or for grander occasions, the silk chiffon knee length column with its geometric sequined motif?

But it was the evening wear that really took us all on a trip: beyond the black tie galas of Met Ball and MOMA and back-to-classic Hepburn territory (Katherine, that is) when a gown could be grand and simple at the same time and could  make memorable entrances without major jewels. This is what Oscar’s dove grey organza gown or silver hammered satin mermaid skirt could do. It was classic American glamour. And it was a trip that unfortunately most of us had to come back from and catch public transport to the next show. But it was so much fun while it lasted.


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