Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013
Latex, leather, and lace — three materials that can easily conjure tawdry images when left to their own devices — were made impressively pretty in Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2013 collection. br> There was a definite '60s feel to this offering, created by nipped-in waists, full skirts, bateau necklines, and three-quarter-length sleeves on jackets, sweaters, and cardigans. (Erika Bearman, de la Renta's public relations chief, tweeted that the models' neon-streaked beehive hairdos were very "breakfast @ tiffanys meets daphne guinness.") A mustard-colored macramé cardigan was paired with a sleeveless ruffled top in a brighter yellow that got tucked into a high-waisted pencil skirt made from tiers of plaid. Later on, a sweet pink tweed skirt was paired with a lacy top belted at the waist. Betty Draper — or any real or fictional Junior Leaguer of her era — wouldn't have felt out of place in the blue tweed cardigan trimmed in white leather. br> A blue-green latex skirt and tank top, on the other hand, were a different story. Those edgier garments were tied to the show's overall feeling by being stowed underneath a cardigan covered with little green beads. An otherwise demure white suit jacket and shift dress were decorated with unexpected black graffiti squiggles. br> De la Renta merged that youthful attitude with his established elegance through his eveningwear section. A sparkly strapless number in dove gray and a navy-and-white-striped gown with a full skirt will undoubtedly speak to women of all ages.