Even after a few seasons, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are still not done in evoking the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern spirit in their collections for Oscar de la Renta. For Fall 2019, however, there was a lot more rigor and structure. Instead of taking the draped route as they’ve done in seasons past, they opened the show with a bit of tailoring, which was slightly strict but still easy. It had a streamlined effect was more modern than the suiting the eponymous founder used to start his shows with. Long and lean pantsuits and asymmetric-hemmed dresses informed the business-savvy style they were going for, even when the materials got a bit silky at times. This was then followed by a series of antique carpet-printed outerwear and cocktail dresses that are sure to attract a much younger crowd, those who want to invoke an elegant bohemia into their looks. Here, there was a comparable softness that was both freeing and youthful—slowly becoming the new look of the decades-old fashion house. But the structure reappeared once the evening wear kicked in, closing off with Bella Hadid wearing a voluminous black ball gown that was couture-worthy in shape and structure. It seems that wherever the Oscar de la Renta woman is going, she’ll still be dressed as sophisticated as ever!
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