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Oscar de la Renta Pre Fall 2019: Exotic Fabrics and Soft Dressing

For Oscar de la Renta’s pre fall 2019 collection, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have explored traditional Indian menswear shapes, showing skirt-pant combos in lightweight printed silks under Western blazers. It was definitely a new look for Oscar de la Renta, but one that the designers feel that the house founder would’ve embraced. “Oscar believed in eclecticism in clothes, and so do we,” said Garcia. “We’re not American; we travel a lot for work. It feels natural and instinctual to us to do pieces that feel traveled.”

That sensibility extended into their eveningwear offering, where sheer tulle dresses were decorated with metallic gold threading or multicolor floral embellishments, and draped, bias-cut unconstructed numbers came in many iterations. Amid all that softness, an emerald green one-shoulder nipped-and-tucked taffeta party dress evoking the gussied-up glory days of New York in the 1980s looked freshest.

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