The inspo: Meghan Markle called them for the Royal Wedding..! (I mean, NBD)
When Meghan Markle called in January asking artistic directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia to make her mother a look for the royal wedding, of course it was a solid YES. Markle’s instruction before sending the designers running was a hue of pistachio or melon. Royal mama Doria Ragland looked fantastic in her pistachio dress and coat with white floral embroidery, receiving a bevy of social media love for her look and poise on the big day.
So of course they decided to do an entire collection sparked from the royal wedding
This was such a major moment for the Oscar de la Renta house that Kim and Garcia decided to design the entire Resort 2019 collection around the pastel color scheme of the royal wedding. ODLR has always been known for celebrating the female figure in gorgeous feminine looks, but this collection definitely had a few British-inspired moments of refinement.
And it definitely wasn’t geared toward the older crowd
Still, the clothes were less madame, more millennial with softer fabrics and fresh cuts. On trend looks appeared like a version of the nude dress in laser cut lace dresses and a mesh net white dress with floral appliques and embroideries. Then there is the resurrection of the pom, hemmed along a skirt as well as laid back wrap dresses perfect for a beach getaway.
Then things got a bit more relaxed
Stripes came by way of pajama tops with too-long sleeves, capris, and wide legs paired with a low-back cozy knit sweater. Then the Toile de Jouy, an apparent trend of the Resort 2019 season, which splayed across wide belted dresses, pleat skirt, crop top, playsuit, caftan, and a jacket over wide leg pants. And I see pockets. Lots of pockets. Thank you ODLR!
Before ramping up toward a nod to 80’s evening wear
Of course, there were some evening moments in a black sheer lace bustier dress with a white leaf patchwork ball skirt, a few 80’s inspired moments in a sleeveless black lace tiered skirt dress, and a couple of ruched column gowns, and a signature butterfly bustier fit and flare gown with floral vines.
And two jaw-dropping dresses I’m in love with
All of these looks are good. Some are great. But the two looks that absolutely MAKE the collection are the two high-low gowns with full skirts, gathered and tucked. The first in white with a stunning soft print of an oversized single image of a Toile de Jouy moment in a countryside garden, with a pergola with Corinthian columns. The second gown was just as stunning, in an indigo dip dyed halter version with a white hemline.
Overall, a strong collection. I’d say Kim and Garcia are in a good stride as artistic directors.