NEW YORK – Feminine and floral designs dominated the 2019 Fall collection of Oscar de la Renta’s fashion house on Tuesday at the Cunard Building in the heart of Wall Street on the seventh day of the New York Fashion Week.
The collection, a nod to a diverse range of fabrics from the Spanish region of Andalusia, was presented on a stage that screamed neo-Renaissance with plants and bicolor horseshoe arches, similar to those found in Andalusian monuments such as the Mosque of Cordoba.
The creative directors of the fashion house, the Spanish-Korean duo Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, went all out with overt feminine lines, perking them up with feathers and sequins, velvet, vegetable motifs and colorful floral embroideries.
There was loud cheer and appreciation from the audience, that included actor Natalia Dyer, model Karolina Kurkova and socialite Nicky Hiltonas, as a model walked in wearing a light white ostrich feathers dress, that ended just above the knees and trailed behind her on the runway.
The brand, known for its red carpet dresses, dressed supermodel Bella Hadid in an exquisite and majestic velvet and black tulle dress with a full skirt and tail for the finale showstopper.
Floral tapestry coats, patchwork ponchos, voluminous gilded necklaces, ochre-orange jacket suits, and small, original handbags, some in the form of metallic lanterns, completed the collection eclectic collection.
Fashion brand Coach, founded in 1941, and currently headed by designer Stuart Vevers along with artist and textile designer Kaffe Fassett, also showcased its lineup Tuesday with designs for both men and women.
The young and informal collection combined several patterns, colors and layered designs.
Coach, which until recently specialized mostly in leather goods, showcased a collection replete with patchwork, embroidery, lace trimmings, enhanced by details such as the little black tie commonly worn in the far west.
For women, Coach chose short, fluid and asymmetrical dresses and oversized coats with voluminous collars, while the men’s designs were all slender trousers and broad jackets in suede and leather.
Indian American designer Naeem Khan paid homage to his mentor, designer Roy Halston, with a lineup full of elegant dresses with rhinestones, gold and silver embroideries that highlighted colorful geometric and floral prints in red, black and copper tones.
A pair of long dresses, with their mosaic-style design simulating small tesserae in cerulean blue, white, orange and emerald green, also grabbed the attention and appreciation of the audience.
A total of 61 models walked the runway this time, an unusually high number, including names like Kaia Gerber – daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford – and Dree Louise Hemingway, a descendent of the writer Ernest Hemingway.
Actors Chloe Grace Moretz, Maisie Williams and Michael B Jordan were also spotted in the audience.