Sunday, 18 September 2011

Fashion Week Favourites: Oscar de la Renta

There's never a red-carpet event without a celebrity wearing one of his dresses, and Oscar de la Renta certainly ensures they are spoilt for choice. His S/S 12 offering at NYFW was dripping with decadent gowns, and high- octane glamour. In fact, some of his dresses were so glamorous, they were more medieval than modern- lots of ball gowns, puffy sleeves and Victorian-era necklines- all in keeping with the enchanting fantasy theme of the show.

The lavish, taffeta ball gowns, in traffic-light brights, were played down with cropped lace t-shirts while the more simple dresses- such as the summery, crochet lace dresses- were glammed up with glossy black accessories- another twist on the big Spring monochrome trend.

But as well as colour, de la Renta also played with prints and textures for maximum appeal. There were lovely feathery hemlines, lots of alluring lace, beautifully delicate appliqu├ęs, high-wasited trousers, cropped fur coats and his signature tweed skirt suits. The final dress pictured here worn by Daphne Groenveld is my particular favourite- a luxurious yellow-buttercup print gown which just cries FAIRY TALE.

Every one of the looks sent down the narrow runway were bewitching, reminiscent of past time princess like Rapunzel (fairy-tale princesses will always be real to me). What I loved almost more than the dresses was that all of the models all had big hair and even bigger earrings. With a show this glam-packed, we can be sure that de la Renta remains the master of extravagant luxury.

My favourite looks from the Oscar de la Renta show:

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