The design studio at Oscar de la Renta offered a tight lineup of classically feminine gowns for fall, most of them incorporating rose garden motifs. In both slim and princess silhouettes, the looks ranged from ornamental — as in a strapless gown decorated with cascading vine embroidery and 3-D floral appliqués, or a tea-length taffeta ballgown with a degradé-embroidered tulle skirt — to clean, sleek fit-and-flare styles in crisp stretch silk georgette or mikado. Detachable elements, including sheer embroidered capes, cathedral veils, textured knit capelets and frothy tulle skirts with romantic bows, added an element of drama. The best look, layered in two parts, featured a corded Chantilly lace strapless gown worn under a cap-sleeve, bateau-neck sheer organza embroidered cape coat. It radiated a lush sense of dimension.

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