A sense of youthful fun pervaded Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2012 runway show. It was partly due to Justin Timberlake in the front row, the runway models' crimped hair, dewy skin, and sock-with-sandal styling, but it was mostly the clothes. Not driven so much by a theme as by a girl, a younger girl than de la Renta's traditional customer, who will be a little more playful with her choice of clothes. A feather-trimmed sequined shift, acid-green harem pants with a feathered crop top, and gathered taffeta ball-skirt gowns layered with lace cropped shirts were not for the faint of fashion heart; more staid were a series of easy chiffon shift dresses and wide-leg trousers and pussy-bow blouses. It's as if the almost-80-year-old designer were having a good long wink at the crowd, reminding us that you're never too old to have fun. It's a treat that his version of fun is so darn beautiful, too.
- Trends: bold color, volume, asymmetry, crochet, feathers.
- Colors: cobalt blue, white, pale pink, champagne, yellow floral print.
- Key Piece:The taffeta ball gowns layered with cropped tops in lace and crochet.
- Accessories: Strappy stilettos and open-toe booties in black and white from Manolo Blahnik.
- Who Would Wear It: Certainly not Justin Timberlake, but we can't wait to see young starlets like Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, and Olivia Palermo work de la Renta's jazzy, evening options on the red carpet.