Resort Wear 2011: Oscar style
With the unleashing of couture’s annual resort collections comes the inevitably clash between definition and reality. The definition is that resort (otherwise known as cruise) collections originally catered to ladies (and gents) casually vacationing, casually relaxing – in a word… being casual. The reality is that the resort/ cruise nom de guerre more aptly applies to the designer and his or her lackadaisical approach to unveiling their designs – just cruisin’ on in whenever they darned well please. That being said… semantics and missed time-lines are completely forgiven with Oscar de la Renta’s glamorous 2012 Resort Collection.
Think well-cut silhouettes and Picasso-inspired prints, this show was vaguely Spanish sultry and all geometric glamour. Floor-length gowns in a bevy of brilliant shades (greens, corals and aquas) adorned the runway – playing show-off to the more casual, yet equally flattering skinny pant and body-hugging knee-length skirts and dresses.
De la Renta accessorized his models with quirky little paper hats acting to offset the dramatic shades and textures at play. “It was a spoof on a hat.” the designer demurred when asked if this detail had anything to do with the recent Royal-Wedding hat phenom.
Spoof or no, this collection is ultimately wearable and dramatically chic – all at the same time. Let us know what you think!