Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim’s mission at Oscar de la Renta is clear: “We’re trying to keep the silhouettes as simple as possible so they can span a new pool of clients,” said Garcia during a preview of the Resort 2018 line-up, which was presented on a rooftop garden at Rockefeller Centre.
Still very feminine, there was a welcome paring-down and purification of the shapes and embellishments. Featuring nautical rope detailing and Navy blue, whereas the evening gowns featured sequined bodices, and had straight column skirts; other evening tops were worn with trousers. Trench coats in were in classic khaki and bottle green colours, which were worn open, over garden style printed floral dresses- exuding daytime glamour in an undone, subtle way.
Garcia and Kim consciously kept the house signature, by working with things de la Renta loved, such as floral’s and greenery themes. Henri Rousseau-inspired tropical motifs appeared on a twill trench, a printed blouse and pleated skirt. There was plenty of silk faille, a de la Renta staple, here treated with a lightweight hand.
Oscar de la Renta will never be street, but Kim and Garcia’s wide-leg jeans, white pencil skirts and boxy jean jackets embroidered with a sequined and crystal monkey drinking a martini, injected a youthful and relaxed attitude into the ethos.