Oscar de la Renta’s rampant femininity

Overwhelmingly has New York fashion week been dominated by collections for which no other adjective than “effortless” will really do justice to. Mostly, they’ve been a mix of some other-era revival and modern-day ease, and often they pull from both the masculine and feminine. Not so for Oscar de la Renta. For those who like their femininity unadulterated, sugar-coated and embellished with jewels, de la Renta’s fall 2012 collection was determined to fill the gap.

Let’s start from the top down. Back-combed faux bobs held in place by jewelled satin ribbons. Fresh, dewey makeup with blushing cheeks. At the opposite end were shoes whose toes were capped in sprinklings of crystals, or satiny high heels whose straps wrapped around the foot and terminated in a girlish bow.

In between came a fairly broad mix: boucle suits; candy coloured frocks caped over with granny knits pinned with jewelled brooches; cocktail frocks – sequinned, bowed, tulle-skirted, briefly flapper then suddenly ’80s, then all at once typically de la Renta fairytale princess.

Most of that holds little appeal for me personally, though with the playfulness with which it was all constructed, plenty will disagree. What I did find desirable was a type of outfit I haven’t mentioned yet, but that was particularly strong through the collection: the array of demure yet stylish 60s inspired dresses with faux jewel prints and sheath-like silhouettes. These, were something else all together.

You can see all of the Oscar de la Renta autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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