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The “oohs” and “aahs” reverberated through de la Renta’s preferred Park Avenue venue for favorites including a dress with a black silk faille bodice and ivory swansdown skirt (yes _ feathers!) and a black lace gown with embroidered beads that was paired with a black-tulle powder puff of a bolero _ both boasting de la Renta’s signature glamour and luxury. There’s no need for de la Renta to reinvent the wheel, after all.
Several styles had 1950s influences, which the designer reinforced by playing The Platters’ “Only You,” bringing the crowd to the chicest high-school prom one could imagine.
But then the collection jumped to the Miami scene of the 1970s _ this season’s favorite retro moment _ with an ivory-and-green leaf embroidered gown and the more flamenco-inspired faille and point-d-esprit ruffle gown.
Ralph Lauren’s romance with the American West continues. The twists on this runway were the silver sparkle, the ultra-luxe deerskin and sheer fabrics turning up in unexpected places.
Lauren employed traditional touches, such as leather fringe and oversized belt buckles, but there was a freshness and femininity to the clothes, especially the lace pieces.
A beautiful tulle embroidered blouse with a high neck, worn with an off-white leather fringed jacket and off-white linen shorts with crochet stripes down the side, kicked off the show and set the mood. Lauren’s days at the ranch are far more glamorous than your typical cowboy _ there might be a need for a deerskin, beaded vest or fringed pants.
For evening, there was a honey-colored beaded, fringed long skirt with an embroidered blouse with hand crochet details, and a blush-pink georgette gown with gentle ruffles and unfinished edges around the V-neck.
Isaac Mizrahi couldn’t be bothered with little details _ bows, buttons, pockets and the like _ for his spring styles?
Mizrahi called his collection “IM Xerox,” and most of the embellishment, save the sequins, were printed onto the fabric.
The opening look had those scan-effect pockets and buttons, another outfit had a faux corsage. A fashion-forward celebrity could wear the black strapless column gown with the illusion bow around the bust and generate some headlines.
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