More is more for Oscar de la Renta

With a brand so established and with a history as rich as Oscar de la Renta, you’d think it could only exist in the context of the catwalk or the red carpet — ignoring the prospect of a debut in can make the pandemic era challenging. This is a house of ball gowns, evening wear and society closets! But while Laura Kim and Fernando García Oscar de la Renta continue to develop with youthful energy and expression, while respecting the codes of the founding designer they both trained under, the co-creative directors don’t have to rely on traditional formats to capture the spirit. of a particular collection (or to get us excited about what’s to come).

Oscar de la Renta was not on the New York Fashion Week personal schedule this season, opting instead to re-premiere his fall 2022 collection in the form of a short film. This time, models Jordan Daniels, Taylor Hill, Mayowa Nicholas and Barbara Valente star as Oscar de la Renta employees as they go about their day at the office — making copies, taking calls, looking at their phones instead of their work computers — as they be dressed in the fall line. (Uh, is that part of the benefits package?) Hill gets a mysterious text message: “Hey, come meet me in the Boom Boom Room.” That’s all the Oscar girls need to pack their coats and head downtown in their best party looks for a night of dancing, all to the tune of Britney Spears’ “Gimme More.” (Look closely, and you’ll see Tan France watching a model in a pink tulle dress struggle to sweep her Oscar-winning Metro Card onto the turnstile, as well as Tina Craig, Tina Leung, Ezra J. Williams, and other friends from the brand parties in the Boom Boom Room.)

The collection itself reflects this sense of exuberance and drama, while celebrating the fun of dressing up. The collection opens with a range of checkered mini sets and dresses in black, green and magenta; ocean blue leather separates; flowy blouses in pink and seafoam green; a sunflower yellow mini dress with a trompe d’oeil black bow inlaid with crystal; a turtleneck sweater and a form-fitting black dress with puff sleeves covered in diamond embellishments meant to mimic a pearl print from the Oscar archives. Then we move on to some of the many party dresses on offer, featuring shredded tulle, crochet flowers, and daring prints.


In addition to the usual garden motifs, Kim and García draw on a few different sources of inspiration of Italian origin, from the aforementioned pietre dure prints to Boticelli’s masterpiece “The Birth of Venus” and Livia’s painted garden at Palazzo Massimo in Rome, which informed about some of the the other images and embroideries to be seen later in the collection. Other highlights include the monochromatic flowy velvet cocktail dresses and petal details that add fun dimension and texture, and the fringe, tinsel and ombré sequins that complete the line.

Check out the entire Oscar de la Renta Fall 2022 collection in the gallery below.

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