Oscar de la Renta has never been one for reining in the romantic exuberance of his looks, and his spring 2013 collection was a testament to his continued energy and originality. Everything, from the bright streaks of color painted into models’ hair to the brilliant ruched details and beading, called out for its own analysis, and fashion watchers will undoubtedly be talking about this show for weeks to come.
The company’s PR maven, Erika Bearman, summed up the look thusly: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Daphne Guinness,” and we couldn’t agree more. There was a classic American aesthetic at the show’s core, but de la Renta chose to exploit the standard silhouettes in fresh and unexpected ways. Pencil skirts done in latex, leather trim in place of fabric, and a belted trench coat in bright tweed all had their turn on the catwalk.
The designer also didn’t shy away from color, and many of his choices were unusual for a spring collection—scarlet, chartreuse and hot pink, to name a few.
Of all the large shows we’ve seen at Fashion Week so far, it’s amazing (and incredibly inspiring) that de la Renta’s collection took the biggest risks. It was a glorious gamble, and it certainly paid off!