Nothing’s informal chez Oscar de la Renta. He staged a proper Park Avenue fashion show for his proper garden party of a pre-fall collection, which featured lively floral prints tempered by tailored tweeds. Here, a brocade jacket worn with a cashmere and silk sweater and tweed skirt.

Oscar de la Renta presented his pre-fall collection with the fanfare of fashion week — 63 looks shown at the Park Avenue church he used for spring — minus the frenzy. His apparent inspiration: spring’s floral fever. He lavished vibrant, blooming prints, floral embroideries and shots of color, like cobalt blue and kelly green, on his signature silhouettes and put a big focus on silk faille circle and dirndl skirts. Meanwhile, classic tweeds and some sleeker shapes offered a subdued, tailored antidote to the vividness.

By  on December 4, 2007
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