I’m sorry, but am I the only one who got the memo that Spring 2013 at Oscar de la Renta is all about ME?! I mean, in 1987, I was a rebellious teen and all I cared about was achieving the perfect shades of blue and fuchsia stripes in my hair. But what no one knew was that I secretly wanted to dress like this…in these colors. So that rebellious teen is now married with children, but she is still cooler than thou and pines for beautiful clothes that reflect her punk-rock youth. Thank you, Oscar, you get me.
Beyond the ’80s references (and the latex, shining in the form of a lipstick-red T-shirt and pairs of evening shorts), is one floaty piece after another, whether Caribbean-bright or ladylike-light, that literally stops you in your tracks. He’s got the va-va-voom factor and the substance of the refined mademoiselle in spades (one black sweetheart-neckline dress even references Madame X of the Sargent painting). Mixing wool, silk, linen, embroidery, feathers, yes, that insurgent latex, and everything in between, the master of beauty shows NYFW how it’s done. Maybe its the shocking-pink, Persian-lamb skirt suit, or the aquamarine, silk-organza, flower appliqué, broderie-anglais dress, but the entire collection screamed “Wear me!” and do so often.
Mr. de la Renta always delivers the goods we crave and anticipate: the tiered New-Look party dresses, skirt suits oozing as much verve as innocence, lean pencil skirts and cropped jackets to match, impactful evening gowns only a true couturier could conjure. So when he adds a sense of youth in revolt to the cocktail, it is shockingly savory…and a little shocking, yet never short of wildly pretty. Yes, no one more than Oscar understands that all I want to do when I wake up each morning is to look BEAUTIFUL. Is that too much to ask?! Not if you have Oscar in your closet. It all culminates in a favorite look SJP is soon going to have to fight me for: a shocking-pink, silk Faille, ostrich-feather and embroidered peplum bustier with matching cocktail shorts, worthy of a rock ‘n’ roll princess who creates as much of a stir in the East Village as she does on Park Avenue.