Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim presented their Oscar de la Renta Resort 2018 collection on a rooftop of Rockefeller Center in New York City. After their debut Fall 2017 collection, this was a refreshing turn in a different direction. It seems the designers have turned away from trying to align their two labels, and are instead trying to maintain the classicism of ODLR, while going lightweight and laidback to attract the next generation of buyers.
The palette felt very fresh, in nautical vibes of white and navy, as well as Henri Rosseau inspired tropical prints in palm green and citrus orange. The duo certainly relaxed the house codes a bit by way of knit separates, a navy jersey knit dress, a gingham dress with a flounce skirt, and even a couple of denim pieces.
And further toward the modernist aesthetic, there were mesh dresses embellished with leather leafy florals, a trench coat painted with a long palm leaf (that I’m in love with), a black balletic A-line with a sheer skirt in a triangle motif, and a metallic gold paillette number.
The true resort wear went tropical, with a few fantastic open ended weave coverups over one-pieces, and a citrus orange asymmetric high-low dress with a rope neckline that creates a single strap.
And for the Oscar traditionalists, they served up a strapless ball gowns with feather details, and several column options with crystal encrusted roping tied along the neckline. Loved these little nautical details.