Pre-Fall 2011: Oscar de la Renta
Va va voom! It's no surprise that Oscar hasn't lessened his appetite for volume, glamour and red-carpet style. As always, gowns fit for royalty (Kate Middleton perhaps?) pranced down the Pre-Fall 2011 runway in New York City on Dec. 6.
Colors were bold and delicious, resembling an exotic fruit or a precious gemstone in bold emerald, red, fuchsia and mustard yellow. The show began with sharp separates and everyday staples – A-line skirts, trench coats, shift dresses – but quickly strutted its way to Oscar's specialty: evening wear.
It's safe to say that at least a few of the dresses shown last Monday will grace the red carpets of upcoming award shows, parties and star-studded galas. Model Anatasia Khodkina added some glitz to the stage with an intricately beaded, metallic number. Although it was not a floor-length gown, the dress could be considered a piece of art, showcasing Oscar's immense craft and eye for detail.
Hot pink was the accent color for many of the runway looks, whether it was the hue of choice for an off-the-shoulder gown or simply an accent in a silk belt.
Red also packed a punch. Model Daria Strokous stole the stage in a stunning floor-length red dress, fitted at the bodice with a sweetheart neckline, an A-line cut and a flared opening. The gown was clearly inspired by vintage classics. With such a dramatic presence, this dress needs a very important owner. Does Mrs. Obama have a dress for her next gala?
The color palette changed gears toward the end of the show with pastel gowns – a lá Marie Antoinette – closing the presentation. The looks incorporated modern structuring and clean lines, embellished with feathers and fur, which served up a fresh interpretation of French fashion.