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.

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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.

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