For Spring 2013, Oscar de la Renta decided to have a little fun. The designer dished out his usual classic silhouettes (when will a well-tailored pencil skirt and blazer ever go out of style?), adding welcome shots of youthful cheek and a few choice dashes of whimsy.
This collection conjures images of the fashionable politician’s wife desperately trying to get out of the rut of wearing modest skirt and pantsuits to every public event. De la Renta’s Spring offerings provide this woman, suffering from sartorial ennui with lively, yet “politically correct” looks.
De la Renta serves up liquid latex leather skirts in eye-popping hues as well as tailored jackets, frocks, and blouses touched with lace and blooming floral appliqués. Modest hemlines are saucified with thigh-high slits.
The designer added bauble-like beads to his retro (think ’50s and ’60s fare) tailored jackets, dresses, and skirts.
When I said this collection was fun, I wasn’t kidding. I usually love everything de la Renta puts out, and this season is no exception. I couldn’t help but imagine First Lady Michelle Obama in many of these looks, although I (and de la Renta) are painfully aware that she’s never publicly worn his clothes. I wonder why? I see so many pieces in this collection perfect for state dinners, public school appearances, campaign trail events, etc. We may never know, but Oscar, if you’re listening out there, I’d be happy to take from MObama’s reject pile.
What do you think?