May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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LUXE BE A LADY
New York: With boxy tweed jackets and pleated skirts, Oscar de la Renta offered plenty of ladylike separates for Pre-Fall. The midi length was a new element for the designer and looked especially nice for the first look of the show, an A-line dress in indigo tweed. Swingy short-sleeved A-line dresses and boxy shifts also had a youthful feel. De la Renta included a variety of prints in this collection, but the most compelling were the foulards. A standout ensemble mixed two versions of the print with a geometric-patterned tweed. Printed fit-and-flare dresses were classic de la Renta and are sure to appeal to his loyal clientele. Always a highlight, his eveningwear was particularly elegant this season. Mermaid gowns featured on-trend sweetheart necklines, and ball gowns were festooned with fabric appliqués, sequins, and gilded beading.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Fit-and-flare / Boxy / Long and lean / Mermaid
Color: Indigo / Pale peach / Tangerine / Periwinkle / Navy / Poppy / Blush / Bottle green / Kelly green / Mint / Buttercream / Black / White / True red
Key Items: Tweed jackets / Midi A-line dresses / Pleated midi skirts / Eveningwear / Foulard-print separates
Materials: Tweed / Denim / Crisp cotton shirtings / Chiffon / Charmeuse / Jacquard / Felted wool / Matte wool suitings / Taffeta / Lace
Print + Pattern: Foulard prints / Geometrics / Scarf motifs / Dots / Menswear-inspired plaids / Lace / Abstract florals
Details + Trim: Contrast trim / Feathers / Beading / Sequins / Fabric flower appliqués / Pleats / Pintucking / Sweetheart necklines
Accessories + Footwear: Dangling jeweled earrings / Colorful bangles / Flower necklaces / Jewel brooches / Wide leather belts / Skinny belts / Minaudieres / Pointy-toe pumps / Strappy satin sandals
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