Oscar de la Renta may be an extremely talented designer and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after names when it comes to red carpet gowns, but I actually have a bit of a bone to pick with his new collection. I’ll get on to that in a minute..
It was an absolutely giant body of work with over 60 pieces making up the collection, spanning over a whole rainbow palette of colours that I have to admit do make me very happy. We all know that Oscar de la Renta’s speciality is lavish, gorgeous gowns, and he definitely didn’t skimp on those with giant couture-style puffball skirts playing against delicate lace sleeves and huge origami-structured dresses with florals and interesting folds.
He also did a fine line in his other trademark: the day dresses that are so favoured by the ladies who lunch, such as Michelle Obama, and they were very cute and girlish as normal with romantic 1950s-style skirts and nipped-in waists for a dreamy, summertime feel.
So, this is the bone I have to pick with his collection – there was just too much of it. For me, with so large a collection was just too sprawling and included too many different elements into the collection, which spanned from 60s coat dresses to folk dresses to mad, puffy medieval gowns and beyond – the whole thing just didn’t mesh. Each piece is beautifully designed and created, but has nothing to do with either piece beside it.
So, Oscar, that’s my nitpicking over. Check out the gallery to see some of the highlights from the designer’s giant Spring/Summer 2012 collection.