2012 December 11
Pre-Fall 2013: Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta
(NEW YORK) Carolina Herrera
Chalk this one up to Reinaldo Herrera. Mrs. Herrera's other half racked up major hubby points when he commissioned a custom Verdura compact to gift his wife. On one side: a diamond-encrusted crescent moon and stars. On the other side: a vibrant sun set against a turquoise sky. Open it up and you'll find engraved lyrics to the designer's favorite song, "Night and Day." That compact served as the unifying theme for Mrs. Herrera's latest offering, which brimmed with celestial whimsy. Like, for instance, tarot card-printed separates for day or an indigo constellation gown festooned with bejeweled stars for night. Also of note in the pattern department? Spades, diamonds, hearts, and clubs galore. That charming playing card motif was splashed on everything from a red and black bow tie blouse to a crisp green cocktail dress flared at the hem. Undoubtedly, Mrs. Herrera's shining star this season was a pair of houndstooth suits with wide-leg trousers that sat high on the waist. Simply sublime. If you haven't placed your pre-orders already, darlings, you might be too late!
Oscar de la Renta
First things first: Cathy Horyn and Oscar de la Renta seem to have cleared up their, ahem, beef. Last night, the designer showcased his Pre-Fall 2013 collection at his usual 42nd Street digs with Horyn in attendance, dutifully perched front row in a de la Renta dress. (Thatta girl!) As for the drame on the runway, de la Renta embraced a more-is-more mentality for his polished uptown types, packing in plenty of scarf-print party frocks, candy-colored evening gowns (sleek fishtails or beaded ball gowns, your choice), and his trademark tweed skirt suits. Speaking of tweed, the ankle-skimming column dresses, complete with handy-dandy hip pockets, were an insta-hit. Same goes for the tweed cropped jacket twinned with a swinging denim skirt—the first of a handful of seventies-tinged looks which also included crochet sweaters and relaxed high-waisted denim trousers. If the Marvin Gaye soundtrack was any clue, de la Renta's message was clear: "Ain't nothing like the real thing."
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