Runway Rundown: Oscar De La Renta Resort 2012

I think I’m on a roll! I think that if I just keep at this with enough diligence, I’ll get around to posting on a much more regular basis. I really want to try to keep on the ball with all of the resort shows, or at least the big names and my personal favorites, so I decided to get as much as I could done on my day off and then release them a little more spread out. At least now I can do something more productive with my free time.

The next resort show on my list is Oscar De La Renta. I love his designs, they are the epitome of elegance. There’s also this wonderful quality to his clothes, that no matter what age you are, be it 18 or 82, there’s something in his collections for you. He’s also one of my major design influences. Yes, I am an Oscar fan. A big one.

This collection was kind of like a Lady Gaga music video. The first time through was confusing and by the end I had to sit there and just try to make the slightest bit of sense of it. After about watch three or four, in a crazy way it was beginning to make sense.

The over-arching themes were Picasso and Flamenco, as far as I could tell. It was a very graphic array of looks, and definitely pushed the boundaries of the typical Oscar De La Renta aesthetic. Like the Bottega Veneta collection, there were looks I liked, and looks that I didn’t. There were certainly a lot more of both.

Looks I Liked:

I loooove this look! I love how the stripe-detail on the shirt follows down into the skirt. I love how bold and graphic the horizontal stripes are. The blazer is also absolutely fabulous.

I want this dress. Actually I’d settle for a bolt of that fabric. I love digital, non-traditional prints like this. The color is a stunner, too. I am usually very skeptic when it comes to bubble hems, but this one really works for me. I would love to see someone like Lea Michelle or Leighton Meester (I’m sure this will pop up on an episode of Gossip Girl). It would look really great with a black cardigan too, with a wide leather headband, black pumps and patterned tights.

There are always a lot of Red Carpet looks in an Oscar De La Renta collection, and this one (as well as another one) really stood out to me. I do not understand the sweater, but the dress is unexpectedly refreshing. It has an antique, ornate feel but it’s fabulously airy. I really enjoy the line work on the bottom half. I haven’t seen video of this collection, but I bet it moved like a dream.

I feel like on the right person this could be a very memorable red carpet look. There isn’t much to say about this look, other than I would very much like to see the back

I would have liked a smidgen more structure, but it’s hard to tell on models. I love the graphic element of it. The dark blues and the sequins or beading are a homerun. This would also make for a knockout red carpet look.

Looks I Wasn’t All That Crazy About:

On a piece-by-piece basis, I like this look. I love the skirt, I kinda dig the jacket but together I just feel like it’s a bit too noisy. If it were me, I would pair the skirt with a white button up blouse, probably something more bohemian than the average oxford shirt I would then pair it with a simple black blazer and some statement jewelry. That skirt is a star and it needs a strong supporting cast–not an extra strong lead. The jacket would look fabulous with shorts or high waisted black trousers and a simple tank top.

Remember how I said I was skeptic about bubble hems? This is why. There’s a certain ratio in which bubble skirts work and it has to do with length and volume. This dress is too long for the lack of puffiness. It just kind of looks like a balloon about a week after it was inflated. In the words of the great Heidi, “It looks sad.” Which is in itself sad because the color is so vibrant and fabulous. The top is iffy too. Don’t know what’s going on with the sash.

Feather duster. ‘Nuff said.

And last but not least is the section I’d like to call Michelle Obama’s new wardrobe.

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