"A Night to Remember"
Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera showed strong
collections, both exploring that folksy, ‘rustic’ approach
to luxury that seems to be all over the runways. Carolina admitted to
having been inspired by the freedom and artistic expression of Vienna
just before the 20’s and wanted to evoke the feeling of effortless
glamour. The 42 piece collection was well edited (a trend on the runways
here as designers seem to be paring down their shows a bit) and there
were some beautiful pieces, the best of which were embroidered or printed.
Ms. Herrera was not alone in her embrace of the polka dot this season
(another big trend), and hers were frothy and done in organza (often
multi layered), but she also utilized an over scaled floral. But would
somebody please tell me who she is designing those shorts for?
Does her customer actually buy them?
And though Oscar de la Renta was having a ‘fit’ (literally,
as many of his dresses and jackets were lean and narrow and fitted to
the nth degree), he interestingly emphasized trousers more than usual,
(in one case he added gold embroidery to a tweed jacket and threw it
over an ivory blouse and beige wool trouser to bring it down a notch),
He also showed some wonderful little linen embroidered dresses, silk
embroidered sweaters, including a few crochet pieces, worked within his
usual repertoire of boucle tweeds, brocades, taffetas, organzas, and
tulles for some amazing evening dresses that one would kill to have a
party to go in order to have an excuse to wear one.