Really, what can I say that hasn’t been said before (and by someone much more eloquent than I) about Oscar de la Renta? Decades of designs later, and he’s still managing to impress us all.
Each season, Oscar re-interprets classics, while mixing in dashes of what’s new and fresh. Usually while indulging in a few of my favorite things– sheer fabrics, sequins, and bright jewel tones along the way. There were a lot of all 3 in the pre-fall collection. With a few new stand out show favorites for me as well.
Backstage pre-show I found the usual calm of an Oscar show. Models sipped tea while having their cheeks rouged and hair pinned into one of the coolest, yet simplest buns I’ve ever seen.
Hair by Brian Buenaventura for Orlo Salon.
Definitely a hair look I’ll be trying for myself.
Fresh faced. Makeup by Alice Lane for Jed Root.
This hat, on one of the ladies working backstage also caught my eye:
She made it herself, the night before!
I’d like to steal all of these models’ super cool jackets.
Upstairs a bit later, the show, set to another great soundtrack featuring the likes of Coldplay and Rihanna, began.
One key thing that blew me away– the hats, by Patricia Underwood:
I loved the updated take on a 1920’s cloche, re-imagined in sheer fabrics.
The best (and most consistent) thing about Oscar is his attention to detail:
The extra bows…
…and ultra fine crocheted “lace”.
I don’t think anyone does sheer white blouses better:
Everything about this screams romance.
The costume jewelry seriously blows me away every season:
So many patterns. Yet so perfect!
I found the “bread loaf” shaped purses a refreshing change from popular handbag styles.
Golden hoodie dress
Shake it up.
A favorite of mine.
The highlight of the entire show was the group of long, billowy, relaxed gowns that practically danced down the runway:
My absolute favorite– this gold gown and embellished jacket:
See the full photo set here
All Photos ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost