‘Way to go ODLR!’ we squealed on Twitter as Oscar de la Renta kicked off his S/S’12 collection with a FROW-skimming ball gown of mustard taffeta. Traditionally, a catwalk show crescendos to this kind of extravagance – the finale gown usually being the grandest – but the designer geniously flipped the switch and won gasps of awe from his adoring crowd. Better yet, the soundtrack was a rocking mix of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd while Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj snagged the VIP seats (Nicki had a tiger on her head, naturally).
But back to the spectacle on the catwalk, as well as an array of dramatic floor-sweepers, we were also treated to a feast of eye-poppingly bright day dresses in acid green, canary yellow and blood red, to name but a few, worn by models with Eighties-esque frizzy hair. Yep, as well as the ladylike polish we’re used to from Oscar, there was a younger, funner dollop of glam.
Our favourites? The crocheted jumper teamed with a billowing silk skirt with an inch of exposed midriff in between would be perfect for a modern day medieval princess. And the pale link column gown wrapped around Lindsey Wixson reminded us of the decadent number Julianne Moore wore for Tom Ford's return to womenswear. In fact, Mr la Renta threw in a dash of just about everything, from tassels and tweed to fur and feathers.
All in all, a refreshing surprise from the master of red carpet wares.
- Jessica Vince