De La Renta is another designer that caters to the “ladies who lunch” crowd, but with the addition to his daugher Eliza Reed Bolen to his team, his designs have recently had a slighter younger and hipper feel. If the front row at his show yesterday is any indication (Ashley Olsen, Mandy Moore, Eva Mendes, Jessica Simpson), he’s on the right track.
His spring presentation was filled with bright dresses, and ladylike separates and suits. He mixed all of the exotic locales he frequents: South American aztec prints, Rue de Cambon nautical trims, and St. Tropez caftans and string bikinis. And of course, no one does evening like Oscar: long beaded sheaths, satin spaghetti straps with ruffled skirts, lace bustiers and skirts, ribbon tied waists, and taffeta ballgowns. Perfect for girls young and old.