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September 17, 2009

Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta

Filed under: Fashion Week — Miss Plumcake @ 3:35 pm

I’ll be honest, I’ve been disappointed by New York’s fashion week this go ’round. I haven’t made my way through all the shows but I’m just not moved. Partially because I like dressing like a grown up, which apparently is Just Not Done especially with the hot young designers whose goal is to throw the thinnest cotton voile imaginable on the thinnest model imaginable, spin her around like she’s getting ready to whack the mother of all pinatas and send her down the runway with whatever stuck.

So it fills my flask-shaped heart with glee to see Oscar de la Renta back in delightful form. Great colors, LOVE the hats and much of it is extremely wearable in larger sizes.

Revolutionary? No. But it’s genius in its own way.

Safari suit

We saw a lot of these great almost-Breton hats in this collection. It doesn’t look like an affectation at all, but does completely make the outfit in scale, and –as we see below– color.

Blue silk draped dress

Love this entire look. I think people wear blue and red together a lot for very casual wear, but you don’t see it often in sportswear, which is a shame because it looks amazing.


Am dying for this jacket. First I thought it was a print, but it appears to be passamenterie cord applique over a textured silk. I like a statement jacket over a shift, especially for our apple big girls.

tangerine dress

I’m not sure this dress fits the model as well as I’d like, but I like that it’s not painted on. This would be one of those 20 year dresses. I could see myself wearing this when I’m 50, no problem.

WANT lace suit

If you MUST wear crochet, this is how to do it. Looks like the top is silk noil open work and the jacket is bouclé. Skirt looks to be voile with several types of lace treatment.

Blue crochet suiting

continuing with a crochet theme. Which one of you crafty broads could do one up for me, please?

Black lace dress

Love love lovity love. I’ve seen things not dissimilar for the past few seasons from Lacroix and Gaultier, and there was another designer who did something similar this season which I like.

Red dress

(I don’t even like this dress, but I promise you it’ll be on a red carpet near you, soon)

For those of you following the shows, let me know what you think. What’s wowed you? What’s bored you to tears? Most importantly, how much do I love Victoria Beckham (answer: a lot)?


  1. So nice to see pretty in the american shows. Great review!

    Comment by klee — September 17, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

  2. The little black number is phenomenal. And truly, the salmon number at the end would be the greatest ever “statement” bridesmaid dress EVER. Carrying flowers would be so very unnecessary. And no, you couldn’t cut it off and wear it again.

    Comment by Melissa — September 17, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

  3. I would cut you for that first jacket. And while I would never, ever, ever wear that last dress, but I would buy it and put it on my tall, skinny, young friends in a heartbeat just so that I could look at it. And I LOVE the shoes on that black number.

    I haven’t seen anything from the blogs that really lit me up except for La Furstenberg who always has wearable things, but not my style. StyleSpy made me snort my coffee with her skewering of the Alexander Wang show. I have never gotten why he is a big deal if you don’t want to look like an emo kid.

    Oscar, my love, Oscar. I have all these wonderful Oscar de la Renta silk scarves from way back in the day, and I put them on my purses and in my hair and everybody tells me how great I look.

    Comment by Lisa — September 17, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

  4. Have always loved Oscar — he does simple elegance for grownups. I remember when he had a bridge line, with plus sizes (sold at Saks Salon Z/Off Fifth), and I still have this beautiful pale pink silk shantung skirt I wear. I also have a couple of his RTW pieces in misses 18s.

    Comment by 19082008 — September 20, 2009 @ 1:41 am

  5. How I LOVE thee, Oscar; always have, always will. I would gladly wear outfits from years ago.

    That said … I would really like to see these outfits on the mothers of these girls. And their grandmothers. Some of these outfits just need to be worn by grownups.

    Comment by La BellaDonna — September 24, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

  6. hanks !! very helpful awards post!

    Comment by Acrylic trophy — October 27, 2009 @ 12:27 am

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