Looking back after its conclusion, Fall 2011 will going down in my mind as the season where everything got crazy. After a week of hectic re-scheduling, sick days, and late starts, on the second to last afternoon, I found myself in the most pleasant backstage atmosphere I’ve ever experienced: at Oscar de la Renta. Thanks to a wonderful friend, I was invited to capture the atmosphere and preparations pre-show. After visiting the studio with Styled On last summer, I went in expecting a tiny bit of magic. Little did I know what a real life fairy tale I was about to take part in.
Despite dozens of hair and makeup stations readying a small army of models, no one was rushed.
The word “hectic” does not exist backstage at Oscar. Models sipped tea and ate pastries, and read books while having their hair curled, and faces painted.
Everyone seemed happy and excited for the show to come. Oscar himself stood near the room’s entryway, quietly giving interviews to a small handful of press representatives. No one rushed him, or kept him at a distance from admirers or onlookers, something I’ve found all too common backstage at other shows.
Before heading upstairs to claim my spot on the media riser, I was able to take a closer look at some pieces from the Fall collection:
One thing Oscar has seriously perfected over the years is creating a concise, yet also extremely varied collection– with something for all tastes. I found myself drawn to items that normally wouldn’t be my style (such as suits) because the little Oscar details make them so exceptional.
The show began with a more wintry palette, but soon bright colors and pattens appeared on the runway that had half of the photographers gasping!
Honestly, there were too many beautiful evening dresses and coats to count!
My final thoughts after the show: Words can’t accurately how describe how seeing Oscar’s clothing makes me feel. I never felt more like a princess in my life than when I was in the showroom– until I attended the Fall show. Seeing the Fall collection on the runway is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I feel so lucky and privileged to have been in the presence of true greatness. Maybe it sounds silly to some, but there really is a sense of magic present in everything Oscar creates. The love for his work comes through in every stitch. In my opinion, there is fashion, and then there is FASHION. The kind that is truly an art, that transcends time, place, and personal style…for Fall, Oscar has captured that elusive quality in his collection once again.
See the full 200 photo set from Oscar’s show here.
All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.