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Oscar de la Renta opts for relaxed elegance for spring '17

Oscar de la Renta opts for relaxed elegance for spring '17

Oscar de la Renta opted for an elegant yet casual vibe for spring 2017.

The fashion house showed their latest collection on Monday (12Sep16) at New York Fashion Week, the first range launched since designer Peter Copping left his post abruptly in July (16), citing personal circumstances, after less than two years in the job.

While the company’s new creative directors, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, make their debut collection in February (17), the interim spring collection was put together by 13-member design team.

The show opened with a procession of ankle-length white and ivory dresses with a summery feel, which were heavy on lace patterns and florals. Though there was an injection of colour part way through the procession, with a number of items in a red and blue paisley print, including a long skirt with a matching bra-style top.

But the designers amped up the glamour mid-way through the presentation, with the inclusion of a white silk faille gown with champagne embroidery and gold beading as well as a pleated gold gown with black belt tied at the waist, both of which were reminiscent of the late founder de la Renta’s signature opulence.

There were also some feathered elements, such as a black flapper style minidress with a layer of feathers around the bottom and a long dress with a dramatic train made from feathers. While two dark orange coloured silk dresses near the end of the show wowed, as did a striking hot pink dress with puffed sleeves made from taffeta.

Models wore hair straight and long in keeping with the easy styling of the show, keeping make-up to a minimum. And seemingly for the first time ever, all models wore flat bejewelled sandals to walk the runway, injecting a new sense of ease and youth to the line.

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