No girly cliché went unchecked. There were fishnets, jewel-encrusted booties, poufs of tiered tulle, pastel furs and helmet hair tied with a jewel-encrusted bow. And that was just the tip of a major bauble motif that featured huge prints and embroideries of pendant brooches on jackets, skirts and sheathes. Like a Wall Street bonus before Dodd-Frank, the pretty excess of Oscar de la Renta’s fall collection was without limits.


What began with ritzy yet relative restraint (read, black) — a silk faille dress with three-quarter-length sleeves and a puffed skirt; a brocade coat with elaborate embroidery and a fox collar — soon swelled into a parade of pastels, tweeds and party frocks fit for princesses of all ages. There were short frills, such as an ice blue fit-and-flare minidress with paillette-and-feather adornment for the younger set, and a regal crushed velvet column in teal for the sophisticates.

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