The bazaar that was the Oscar de la Renta spring collection.
Wrapped up in a world of it’s out, the spring collection was a showcase of the refinement that we expect from an Oscar runway show but the house’s style is changing into a relaxed yet still very sophisticated attire. In the past where the runway was a cascade of flowing dresses, now we see a contrast with wrap skirts, long draped coats, sweaters and pants.
The new look and feel is different of course but the new designers have been able to infuse their ideas of what Oscar should be while maintaining the fashion house’s iconic style.
The spring collection was like stepping into a hip, exotic bazaar! From tasseled sweater shirts and dresses that I imagine would keep you warm on a cold desert night! To intricate patterned wrapped skirts and tunic style tops paired with flowing pants.
The flowing fabrics, lose fitting pants and draping of the dresses kept a casual and relax feel for the show. Most looks were paired with greek inspired sandals or simple heels with oversized tassels.
One of the biggest statements I have to talk about were the accessories!!!
It was a statement accessory dream land. Let’s start with the earrings!. When I was a child there was a book I read called Earrings by Judith Viorst, when I saw this show and the collection of earrings I thought of this book. I could imagine the little girl in this book drooling over the beautiful collection of earrings that were on the runway.
Some styles were a wrap around ear clip that had little coins dangling all the way down. Some featured more iconic Oscar design like the oversized tassels and golden bird cages. Others where large golden hoops with pearls. Some models were styled with just one oversized earring while others had both.
The necklaces, oh my were they beautiful! From enormous scarab pendants (painted above) that continued a mixed of an exotic and ancient theme. To more coin inspired jewelry from single pendents to multi coin tassel necklaces.
A Zoo of a handbag!
The handbags were beautiful and they offered classic Oscar styles but the one I want to talk about is the birdcage bag! It was fun and funky, something I’d expect to see on the Kate Spade runway than the Oscar runway, but the polishing and refinement of the crafting of the leather was what elevated it to the Oscar level. It was a leather cage bag but inside was a fringed suede animal. It was a perfect amount of something unexpected to make you talk