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Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 Runway Review

Oscar de la Renta is one of the most reliable designers in New York. He always pleases his Upper East Side customer base without alienating the younger generation. For spring, the label walked that line a bit closer to the side of the new generation of de la Renta wearing partygoers. From the start, when a billowing golden dress with a lace shirt on top came out, it was evident that the designer had shifted slightly towards a more youthful aesthetic. In spite of nods to the seventies and eighties integrated into the collection, it wasn’t flatly referential, as we’ve seen so many do before.

It had an air of bohemian sensuality and there were a few dresses that looked like they were made for the teenaged starlets of Hollywood so popular today. It’s as easy to see Elle Fanning or Hailee Steinfeld in the collection’s looks as it is to see it on a red carpet veteran such as Anne Hathaway. This season’s it-color canary yellow made several appearances and with the exception of two dresses that featured billowing sleeves Donna Martin would wear to prom, the collection was a cohesive success. We should keep an eye out to see how it plays editorially because I think de la Renta just began to conquer the younger market.