4 hours ago | By Nigel Taylor
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LEATHER + LACE
New York: Oscar de la Renta offered an edgy take on his own classic pieces for S/S 2013. The first look said it all: sharp-shouldered jacket, red leather top, and pencil skirt with a thigh-high slit. Seductive, yet sophisticated, and even a little daring. Each model sported a ladylike French twist shot through with shocking streaks of fiery red or teal. Brights also appeared for cardigan jackets and body-hugging sheaths. While the colors may have seemed a bit progressive for de la Renta’s conservative clientele, the shapes were sure to please. And there were softer tones, such as a lovely buttery cream, to tone down the mix. Balancing out the slick leather and seductive latex were sumptuous silks, jacquards, and guipure lace. Intricate beading and appliqués added to the luxurious mix. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Hourglass / Columnar / Bell-shaped
Color: Shocking pink / Lipstick red / Buttercream / Mint / Goldenrod / Cerulean / Peach / White / Black
Key Items: Leather top / Tailored blazers / Lace cocktail dresses / Pencil skirts
Materials: Leather / Latex / Guipure lace / Jacquard / Tulle / Taffeta / Satin / Lightweight wool suitings
Print + Pattern: Squiggles / Wallpaper florals / Stripes / Plaid
Details + Trim: Peplums / Flower appliqués / Beading / Jewel embellishments / Feathers
Accessories + Footwear: Jeweled small earrings / Flower chokers / Brooches / Jeweled cuffs / Pointy-toe pumps (some with bows) / Ankle strap sandals
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