In the past year or so "pre fall" has become a real "season," a collection that is promoted and pitched to editors in addition to market editors for coverage. Granted "pre fall"--the deliveries that hit stores before fall (so like, in the summer? around June? it still confuses me)--obviously isn't as important or as hyped as the spring and fall collections, but it's still gaining traction. Case in point, Oscar de la Renta, who does everything in grand fashion, showed his pre fall collection on the runway yesterday at his usual space on 583 Park Ave.
It was fitting that de la Renta returned to the Upper East Side to present this collection, because the clothes were tailor made for those posh ladies who lunch, his mainstay clientele.
The collection was more subdued than the show-stoppers he sent down the runway for spring, but wearable and with a '30s bent: long pleated skirts, fur-collared wrap sweaters, chunky tweed suits, and Katharine Hepburn-esque trousers. And the fur lined mule/loafers were lust-worthy. Evening looks were jewel-toned, done in crinkle silks, embellished with gold and silver sequins and fringe. It was classic Oscar--refined yet glamorous, and with no shortage of fur and gold.
Photos: Courtesy Oscar de la Renta