It was no secret that the Oscar de la Renta spring collection was an interim, design team effort in between former creative director Peter Copping’s efforts and those of incoming Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. If anyone in the room was unaware of the transitional period, the runway spelled it out for them with a parade of perfectly lovely but perfunctory pieces with little to no editorialization. Everything was shown on flat sandals, and jewelry and accessories were kept to a minimum.
A series of white, long-sleeved peasant-ish looks — an organza fil coupe blouse and long matching skirt; a lace and silk georgette caftan with a black, fringed belt — opened the show, which coursed through one crowd-pleasing silhouette after another. There was a lean red tank dress with a tiered ruffled skirt; a cotton safari jacket over matching ghurka shorts; a paisley crop top and pleated skirt; a black cocktail shift with swingy sequin and feather embroideries; a white silk faille fit-and-flare gown with gold threadwork, and a magenta silk taffeta gown, off-the-shoulder with poufed sleeves. All the boxes were checked as far as familiar shapes and standard house fabrications, and now there’s a collection to sell. Voilà. Onto the next.