In their second season at the helm of the fabled house of Oscar de la Renta, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have begun to seriously flex their design muscles. The duo - who also head Monse, the brand worn by celebs such as Kendall Jenner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga, to name a few - has done what appears to be a major renovation of the brand's original DNA.
There wasn't a hint of tweed, royal jeweled embellishment or ladies-who-lunch suits at their show held late Monday afternoon at Sotheby's on the Upper East Side. In their place: denim - white and indigo - embellished with kooky embroidery; modern cropped and colorful palazzo pants, and easy jackets; logos everywhere, these replicas of Oscar de la Renta's actual signature - carved into slim furs, scribbled on dresses and sweaters, and even worked into a twisted metal belt that spelled it out and wrapped around a model's waist.
There were paint-splattered pieces (yes, really) - a slim white gown with a black shoulder strap looked like it had a run-in with a Benjamin Moore store but, yet very distinctive. Dress and gown silos overall were mostly closer to the body, many boasting wild abstract collages comprised of material strips and massive patches of sequins (some in heart shapes). There were glitzy, all over sequin slithers for party girls, a frilly black tulle number was dappled with gold paint, and boring, but true, here was the perfect black cocktail dress with asymmetrical straps.
Ahhh, but what's an Oscar de la Renta fashion show without a blown out ballgown? This runway closed with a series of them, all mountainous tulle numbers, dip-dyed, ombre - in pacific blue and blushing pink - one worn with a ruby dip-dyed mink coat.
In all, the new luxe, perhaps directed at the new client: Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Nicki Minaj all in the front row. (Anne Bratskeir) (Credit: Getty Images / Slaven Vlasic)