The Collection: What is going on here?
It wasn’t a smash hit for the first Oscar de la Renta collection with Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia at the helm. The duo made the decision to show both their fashion forward Monse collection back to back with their Oscar de la Renta debut, and the risk did not end in reward. In direct comparison, the Oscar collection sometimes felt…dated. And confusing. This coming from an Oscar classicism fan.
We can roll with an avant garde tailor
The runway started off with smart tailored looks in black – a wool round-shouldered jacket over cropped pants with a great gilded flower cinch belt, followed by a black deep v-neck jumpsuit and a tux look. From there, things quickly fell off the rails, with confusing separates in color palettes and patterns that were both stale retro here, and then oddly unfitting there. Too many ideas, perhaps. Or too many collections? And an odd color palette for sure.
But what is this neon side tail?
Is this a snuggie?
And we’re back to good. The good tailor.
The successes and flat moments
Some of the looks were successful – mostly the traditional house signatures. These will more likely be the sellers of the collection, as those who love Oscar de la Renta will be attracted to the classic hourglasses. Some were absolute standout gorgeous, like the black cutout bust corset gown with sheer gradient ball skirt, as well as a strapless silver metallic tea-length fit and flare with cherry floral pops embroidered. Still, this is admittedly more for the vintage bombshells at heart rather than the fashionphiles. Their take on the black and white damask fell flat, and I swear there was a Cruella De Ville moment or two in there.
Let’s just consider this go ’round a false start. Hey, the shoes and bags are always fun to look at!