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December 08, 2011  | by: Ama Kwarteng

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall Collection was a far cry from his Spring 2012 collection, yet it still pleased most. The collection contained 1920s influences (seen in many of the pieces and in the hats), shimmery dresses, lots of black and white, lovely dress-suits, and much more.

The collection started out with mostly black and white.  The show opened with an entire black-and-white printed outfit. There was a polka dotted skirt, a checkered tailored jacket and a 1920s style printed hat. Black and white continued to be seen throughout the collection in many forms. There was a nicely designed, simply styled dress that came down the runway along with a beautiful patchwork coat (seen above) with multiple designs that I loved. De la Renta showed off the more toned-down look of this collection by designing a very simple black and white polka dotted sweater that was probably made of the finest material.

Oscar de la Renta

But knowing de la Renta, I knew there had to be color in the collection, and indeed there was. The first colored piece we saw was a bold yellow pant paired with a white, ruffled dress shirt and a Victorian-esque large jacket. This wasn’t the only time we saw a bold pant. Later on in the show, there’s a bright blue pant (left) that caught my eye. It was styled wonderfully with a white shirt, grey knitted sweater and a stunning gold necklace.

The color wasn’t only on the pants. De la Renta brought out many pieces that were red. There was a red cape (that I loved), a red satin shirt that came down the runway with red satin pants, and a dramatic red leather skirt among others. Also, there was plenty of pink in the show. One of my favorite looks was a pale pink, ballerina-inspired dress.

Speaking of dresses, it wouldn’t be a de la Renta show without a few showstoppers. The last 10 looks or so in the collection were floor length dresses, and my favorite out of all of them was this gold colored dress (below) that fit the model wonderfully, but still flowed with her and behind her as she walked. A handful of the dresses in this part of the show flowed and photographed beautifully.

Oscar de la Renta

However, not everything in this collection was beautiful. There was this atrocious fur coat that was worn over a black and white dress. It’s not the fact that the coat was fur that upset me, it was the way that it was designed. It was so large and unattractive to me that I couldn’t imagine anyone at all wanting to wear the coat.

All in all, I would say that de la Renta did a good job with this collection. Even though I loved his Spring 2012 collection, I was still able to enjoy this one. To view pictures of the show, click here.

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