Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2013: For All Ages

Unlike many NYC designers, Oscar de la Renta knows that his consumer base is well over the age of 18--and his designs cater as much (if not more) to the mature, luxury customer as they do to the hip PYT.
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Unlike many NYC designers, Oscar de la Renta knows that his consumer base is well over the age of 18--and his designs cater as much (if not more) to the mature, luxury customer as they do to the hip PYT.
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Unlike many NYC designers, Oscar de la Renta knows that his consumer base is well over the age of 18--and his designs cater as much (if not more) to the mature, luxury customer as they do to the hip PYT.

To that end, his pre-fall show saw an array of conservative, classic silhouettes (nipped-in waists, calf-length skirts, boat necklines) which would work for a variety of different body shapes, sizes and ages.

While some of his day looks might have read slightly old-fashioned (especially on someone under the age of forty), there were plenty of ensembles that felt fresh. A favorite of mine was a structured polka-dot peplum top, paired with black skinny trousers and matching polka dot heels (which the model, unfortunately, had to take off mid-stride to avoid a tumble).

But, as is often the case with Oscar, the real bright spots were in the evening wear. From a slinky black sequin gown with a plunging neckline, to a shimmering sea foam frock, and the appliquéd, pastel ballgowns at the finale, these dresses were made for the red carpet. And no doubt we'll see them on there soon--though there's no telling on whether they'll be worn by Helen Mirren, or Emma Stone.

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