Father-in-law knows best. At least when it comes to the surface interest of a dress, and said elder is Oscar de la Renta. When, during the design process, resort was coming up roses and other blooms, de la Renta’s chief executive officer/son-in-law Alex Bolen challenged him on whether flowers make sense for December delivery. De la Renta waved off the query. “I love the idea of flowers,” he said during a presentation in his showroom on Tuesday morning. “Women don’t buy clothes for a specific time. If you love something, you buy it.”

De la Renta loves flowers of all persuasions. A gardener himself, on Sunday he hosted a tour of his Connecticut garden for participants of Bunny Williams’ Trade Secrets charity that combats domestic violence.

His weekend focus on the real thing led gracefully into a resort collection abundant with beautiful florals. Exquisite treatments were anything but garden variety, as de la Renta worked the colorful embroideries over black-and-white plaids on chic separates and day dresses. Then a hand-crocheted series, including a great burgundy-and-ivory floral crochet tunic over a slim crocheted skirt. Cocktail and evening dresses ranged from nipped-waist, tea-length silhouettes in mesh tulle with floral embroideries to bold gowns done in vivid colors, such as an apple-green silk faille style sprinkled with violet taffeta flowers.

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