With no less than 59 looks in the lineup, Oscar de la Renta’s pre-fall collection covered plenty of ground. Daywear ran the gamut from trim, tweed suits with cropped jackets to hearty, stretch wool skirts, some A-line with a big bow at the waist. Evening was a pretty, girly affair, full of black lace, bright satin sashes and silk faille ball gowns. Throughout, de la Renta hedged on neither color — high-def fuchsia, scarlet, kelly green, abstract stripes and prints — nor embellishment, as in dense embroideries, feathers on dresses and a cashmere cardigan, and bows that decorated suits and gowns. If the soundtrack (Barry White’s “Love’s Theme”) framed the offerings with a Seventies mood, the collection also met pre-fall’s practicality mandate while catering to de la Renta’s customer’s sophisticated, dressed-up taste.

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