Putting any rendition of “La Vie en Rose” on the soundtrack is one sure way of instantaneously channeling the traditional resort spirit — clothes for the well-heeled holiday. Such was the mood at Oscar de la Renta’s show, held in his showroom Monday evening, where the designer conjured up a knockout wardrobe for multigenerational women, the kind whose vacation plans might include boarding a 300-foot yacht to Saint-Tropez.
Everything was couched in ladylike luxury, a point driven home by elaborate fabric treatments. The show opened with a series of chic black-and-white looks, the most eye-catching of which came in cotton guipure and embroidered tweed lace. From there, de la Renta covered his bases, offering sweet gingham dresses for the ingenue and, for the matriarch, tony floral-printed suits done in a scuba material. Colorwise, mint green was often set against violet, while there was also bold red, bubble-gum pink and cobalt blue, the latter worked into chunky tweeds. The models wore streaks in their hair to match their outfits for a dose of pretty punk, but even de la Renta’s tomboys are girly girls at heart. Thus, the silk sequined baseball T-shirt, which was the sole look from the collection available for preorder on TheFancy.com following the show.