Oscar de la Renta scores with sophisticated, elegant designs

Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:07pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Whether it was pencil skirts paired with fitted jackets, tiered dresses in soft pastels or bead-embroidered gowns, Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2013 collection exuded sophisticated, feminine elegance.

The Dominican-born designer, who is among the most revered names in haute couture and a favorite of first ladies and film stars, was true to form in the late Tuesday show with twill fringe suits for day and sumptuous evening gowns worthy of any red carpet.

He also vamped up the collection with pink silk cocktail shorts and hot pants.

"I thought it was beautiful," said Anna Wintour, the editor of the fashion bible Vogue, after seeing the collection.

Other designers showing at New York Fashion Week featured shorts but de la Renta's, which were paired with silver beaded or ostrich feather embroidered bustiers, are not meant for a day at the beach.

"If you have the body to wear it, you can rock it," said fashion blogger Susan Tabak, adding that she liked the look and the mixture of textures in the designs.


Colors varied along with the length of hems, from soft ivory suits and black and navy sleek column gowns to an aquamarine ribbon tweed tiered dress, yellow tops to shocking pink shorts and a Persian lamb skirt suit in the same color.   Continued...

Designer Oscar De La Renta watches a model as she walks the runway during a show of his Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson