Oscar de la Renta Fall-Winter 2013-2014 RTW Fashion Show
THE biggest news and gossip going down ahead of New York Fashion Week that we were really taking note of was that Oscar de la Renta, the much-loved and lauded designer, was taking John Galliano under his wing following his Dior dismissal back in 2011.
Galliano has taken up residency with the renowned de la Renta and rumours suggest that he could be a potential successor further down the line.
As to how much of a helping or literal hand Galliano may have had with this specific collection no official comment was made, but we couldn't help but note the silhouettes and drama of the first few looks to have something of that Galliano grandeur about them. But then perhaps that's just speculation going into overdrive. Only time will tell.
Back to the matter of the clothes in hand and it was a beautiful collection that unfolded before us - strongest at beginning and end: from belted coats that somehow were actually dresses, worn with upturned flowerpot-style hats to hooded capes that gave Red Riding Hood an uptown run for her money; to the most exquisite of jewel tones and tapestry textures for bubble-shaped short dresses and evening gowns that splayed to Scarlett O'Hara effect.
There were dirndl skirts to sparkly-smothered tops and there were feathers and lace on cascading floor-length gowns, the sort the label does so well. And with them came eye make-up to match - acid green to acid green, magenta pink to magenta pink - and shoes to match too for de la Renta always harks back to an old world grandeur of dressing, one which even if you can't ever imagine being a part of, you want to imagine being a part of - especially in this evening's incarnation.
Our Galliano query might not have entirely been answered entirely but other sartorial questions certainly were and, after all, it's still good to have some mystery and intrigue when it comes to the powers that be in the fashion world.