Jul 18, 2018 | By Laura Welch
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New York: Although Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall presentation did not push the envelope, his work was reliably elegant and seasonally festive. When concentrating on neutral patterns and muted, classic colors, the collection served up some lovely must-haves: a patchwork houndstooth coat, an oxblood distressed silk cocktail dress, and a gorgeous silver goddess gown. But in addition to these refined mainstays, the line offered a few wonderfully unexpected, youthful ensembles such as a polka dot knit top paired with slouchy plaid trousers, or shimmering gold lurex rendered as an elongated hoodie. These surprises more than made up for a series of slightly off-kilter, brightly patterned day dresses and cardigans, whose clashing motifs betrayed Oscar de la Renta’s usual serenity. —Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Straight / Relaxed / A-line / Slim / Hourglass / Column
Color: Black / White / Lemon / Burgundy / Ruby red / Forest green / Heather grey / Nude / Tangerine / Beige / Vibrant coral / Fuchsia / Silver / Turquoise / Royal purple / Cobalt blue / Baby pink / Gold
Key Items: Relaxed trousers / Cable knits / Leather skirts / Cocktail dresses / Fitted sheath dresses / Cropped cardigans / Matched sets / Bolero jackets / Evening gowns/ Silk blouses / Wool overcoats
Materials: Wool / Satin / Sheer silk / Smooth leather / Cashmere knits / Lace / Distressed silk / Lurex
Print + Pattern: Checks / Dots / Houndstooth / Plaid / Florals / Geometrics / Stripes
Details + Trim: Fur / Ruffles / Fringe / Sequins / Draped necklines / Paillettes / Pleats / Patchwork / Bows / Embroidery
Accessories + Footwear: Leather belts / Transparent caps / High-heeled loafers / Frame bags / Ankle-strap stilettos / Thigh-high boots / Sheer hosiery / Oversize pendants / Fur embellished clogs / Hair bows / Embroidered cloche hats / Round oversize sunglasses / Drop earrings / Hard clutches / Crystal earrings
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