Oscar de la Renta always brings color and cheer to the runway, and while the Pre-Fall 2014 Collection is no exception…it also ventures into uncharted territory, creating a whole new dimension to their iconic look of glamour. Full skirts of color always make me smile, but I’m elated by the nontraditional pieces of ODLR that explore black gothic chic.This styling adds a new level of mystery and edge to the brand…proving they’ve got a few hidden tricks up their sleeves.
Black may not sound like ‘uncharted territory’ in the world of fashion, but for Oscar de la Renta: black this dark is definitely new. These looks bring darkness and edge to their typically colorful and prim pieces. It’s definitely an unexpected twist that excites me and I’m really hopeful this foreshadows good things to come in their Fall 2014 collection. (As if I needed more cause to be excited for NYFW…ha!) These looks are, well, quite saucy to be honest. It’s fun to see them ruffle up the feathers a little bit.
Don’t fret though. The ladylike and elongated silhouettes that grace the Oscar de la Renta woman aren’t too far behind. Black-and-white works with tradition as well. I love the mixed textures of these pieces. And of course tweed. I know Chanel gets a lot of hype for their tweed suits, but I’m always a fan of the ODLR way that’s modernized for today’s young lady. It’s definitely county club appropriate, but never bordering on “fuddy-duddy”. (Yes, I just said fuddy-duddy.)
Because I’ve come to expect so much from Oscar de la Renta, to see them have a few slip ups is disappointing.
I will not, however, allow three pieces to influence my overall opinion of this collection which is that it is great! I love the way this spices up their repertoire. It’s probably the most fun of the Pre-Fall 2014 collections, thus far, and that is a title I wouldn’t have predicted. Prim, classic and luxurious are all words I would use to describe your typical ODLR looks. To see them up the ante with edgy black pieces and gold, (which though not my favorite cuts, do have a strong party-factor) was an unexpected twist. It’s fun to see Oscar de la Renta go a bit ‘look at me’!
Let’s hope this continues in Fall 2014. It could be a whole new ballgame for Oscar de la Renta, and I’m always a fan of change!
What do you think of this collection?
Photos credited to Vogue.