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Oscar de la Renta: Oscar wild!

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta watches as

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta watches as the final model walks the runway during the presentation of his Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Week in Manhattan. (Sept. 11, 2012) Credit: AP

Perhaps the last thing you expect to see at an Oscar de la Renta runway is rubberized clothing – latex actually – but it was the first. A red latex tank, with a navy wool blazer and ivory pencil skirt – zoomed out onto de la Renta’s runway (Karlie Kloss wearing it). Youthful, fun (for goodness sakes, the models had neon streaks in their beehives!!) and supremely chic it heralded a beautiful, relevant collection.

There was “scribble” threadwork – one look a white floral and jet jacket over a tweed pencil skirt – that almost looked like graffiti. Graffiti at Oscar? For the ladies who need that certain kind of swanky daywear they'll find it here  – a chocolate and ivory silk pant paired with a safari jacket – or perhaps they’ll want to make jaws drop in a shocking pink Persian lamb suit.

Back to the latex – there was more, in emerald green, yellow and shocking pink (ruffled even) this worn with a matching tweed pencil skirt.

Toward the end of the show came some of the high-voltage, uber-luxe evening looks you expect from de la Renta and some you didn’t. A shocking pink ostrich over embroidered peplum bustier over light pink silk faille wide cocktail shorts – whaaaat? An aquamarine silk organza dress with light pale pink feather and silver bullion cherry blossom embroidery was more conventionally but equally divine. A silver bead and lame tunic over matching pants read like molten silver -- slim and smashing.

We watched this show from an unusual vantage point -- getting a glimpse of the models as they poised themselves to hit the runway. Up close, one look was even more stunning than the next. And de la Renta was right there -- tweaking, though the collection needed little -- to the very last minute.

In all, a glamorous, witty show from a designer who keeps on bringing it.

Designer Oscar de la Renta peeks out as the last model in his Spring 2013 show goes down the runway Tuesday.


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