The reigning king of uptown fantasy Oscar de la Renta was back with a tour de force this season. Opening with a selection if soignée day wear realised in monochrome gingham, those kimono style jackets from last season were
back cinching waists into oblivion.
Successive outerwear looks nailed elevated wearability with simple shapes embroidered with corded filigree and paper yarn.
But it's the gowns that makes ODLR a NYC must-see and on that score the designer certainly Came up with the goods. Effervescent layers of tulle in coral and lemon created gowns fit for the sugar plum fairy. A sorbet crushed taffeta and tulle petal dress was finished simply with one of Oscar's pointy pumps while a powder pink silk faille floor sweeper was silver bullion embroidered.
A pretty, retro combination of florals and polka dots offered a vintage feel- topped off with polka dot veiling looks seemed to spring straight off the pages of a 50's Vogue.
Florals- or more specifically botanicals were embroidered in multi colour point d'esprit and a chartreuse silk dress was appliquéd with bold daisies.
But it was the closing look modelled peerlessly by a black veil-enveloped Joan Smalls that will stick in the memory. A concoction of citron silk and tulle with black filigree thread work and sequin embroidery, ODLR proved incontrovertibly that he is still New York's pre-eminent fashion magician.
Watch the full show below...