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.