Designer Focus – Oscar de la Renta

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A quick flick through any of the glossies will no doubt prove Oscar de la Renta’s status as one of the world’s leading fashion designers; best known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear, de la Renta has dressed celebrities from Jackie Kennedy to Cameron Diaz. Although his background is in haute couture, having trained under Balenciaga and worked at Balmain, his eponymous ready to wear collection is the true jewel in his crown. As well as the core clothing collection, de la Renta has also branched out into beauty, children’s wear, accessories and home furnishings in recent years.

His Spring/Summer 2013 collection featured his trademark feminine designs in fantastic bright colours, as a nod to his Caribbean heritages. Peplums and pencil skirts in bright hues of shocking pink, vibrant green and sunshine yellow were interspersed with more neutral offerings, all with elegant tailoring, as you would expect. The stand-out piece was an aqua blue feathered ball gown, but with the average Oscar de la Renta gown retailing at over $5,000, it sadly won’t be making its way into our wardrobes any time soon. A feathered cape or clutch bag is a great way to get this luxe look for less.

Oscar de la Renta is renowned for his beautiful clothing, and for making grand statements look effortless. Key to his aesthetic is feminine tailoring which flatters the body; waist belts and pencil skirts both made numerous appearances at his Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk show and are pieces which complement most shapes.  Combining simple tailoring with bright colours or vibrant patterns is a quick and easy way to inject some Oscar de la Renta glamour into your own outfits. But if you really want a little piece of de la Renta, try out his fragrance and beauty product ranges for an affordable way to enjoy this designer’s beautiful work.

Designer Focus – Oscar de la Renta