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"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.




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