“There is no one on earth who makes a woman feel more beautiful than Oscar de la Renta,” thus said Karlie Kloss on her Instagram feed postshow. So far, the supermodel’s selfie with the designer has more than 23,000 likes. But, really, who’s going to argue with her after seeing his gorgeous Spring ’15 lineup?
The collection hit all of Oscar’s signature marks: feminine, unfailingly polished, lush with color. Less conventional, perhaps, was its youthful spirit. Kloss wore fringed brogues with her lace tee, shorts, and gingham coat, and there was no shortage of midriff-baring looks, best among them an abbreviated A-line top and full three-quarter-length skirt in white and black broderie anglaise.
De la Renta found inspiration in the outdoors, setting the scene with oversize gingham in pink, baby blue, or black, before launching into florals, which were positively everywhere—pinned to the neckline of a subtly sensational petal pink dress; hand-tatted in bright shades of yellow and red on an airy crocheted shift; and, because the house has embraced seasonless-ness, planted intarsia-style on a mink bolero or embroidered in whole bouquets on a white Persian lamb coat.
Gorgeous, all of it, but as Bill Clinton might’ve once said, It’s the eveningwear, stupid. (Stuffed toy elephants were perched below every seat, gifts from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to spread the word about poachers.) The celebrity stylist seated next to this reviewer snapped a picture of a strapless cocktail number in sequined and feathered marinière stripes. It wasn’t the only dress that will soon find its way to the red carpet. The other top contenders: a gold sequin bandeau and matching ostrich feather-embroidered ball skirt, and a light pink silk faille off-the-shoulder crop top perched above a narrow, citron yellow silk faille skirt. Hard to resist all that joie de vivre.