New York:
It is easy to forget that Oscar de la Renta is one of the very few American designers to have helmed a Paris couture house. After learning his trade under Chrisobal Balenciaga and later Antonio Castillo at Lanvin, he directed haute couture at Balmain from 1993 to 2003. For S/S 2012, de la Renta referenced some of his greatest hits at Balmain. Taffeta gowns, feathered and laced dresses, and sequined tweed suits all made appearances. The lightweight lacy dresses were in line with the season’s emerging white story. The designer even sent out some on-trend neon numbers. One of his closing exits, a princess sleeved mustard ball gown covered in lacework, was unlike anything else seen in New York. In a city known for churning out commercial sportswear separates, de la Renta is the exception that proves the rule. – Shine Anthony-Dharan

Silhouette: Hourglass / Feminine

Color: White / Citrine / Lime / Knits / Tan / Sand / Blood / Cobalt

Key Items: Lace decorated ballgowns / Printed day dresses

Materials: Lace / Taffeta / Crochet / Tweed / Fur / Chiffon / Swakara / Silk

Prints + Patterns: Florals / Painterly stripes

Details + Trim: Handkerchief hems / Cut-outs / Tassels / Sequins / Feathers / Ruching / Transparency

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