It's shaping up to be an all-white summer, with the colour already dominating the New York runways, from Victoria Beckham and 3.1 Phillip Lim to Carolina Herrera and now Oscar de la Renta, whose design team opened the show with six all-white looks. A crochet dress came midi-length and tiered, a gauzy tunic with Swiss dot embroidery blurred the line between kaftan and gown, a lace column provided enough transparency to look sexy without being immodest, and a silk shirt dress was perfect for evening with its knee-length front slit and thick black belt.
From there, signature Oscar hits emerged onto the runway but were redefined for a new generation: the strapless gown was taken down a notch via a woven belt; the skirt suit was updated with sheer chiffon pleats; a bra top and jewelled evening gowns were teamed with flat sandals for a contemporary look. Florals took a turn for the boho via some intricate embroidery work and the final parade of sweeping taffeta evening gowns came off-the-shoulder with ruffled sleeves, but somehow managed to look totally effortless and devoid of stuffiness.
With Peter Copping's sudden departure and the very recent appointment of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia as Creative Directors, it was ten members of the atelier who came out to take their bow.