At the Picnic House at Pier 40, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim staged Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2018 collection presentation. The location was specifically chosen for the marvellous collection the designer duo designed. They envisioned the new season, six months ahead, and the moment the clothes will arrive in stores with one thought in mind— wearability is the key. The skyscrapers on both sides of the Hudson river glimmered while the collection itself announced a summertime at the seaside. “We designed for a summer delivery”, Garcia stated. “When it gets to the stores, it’s going to be what you want to wear to your summer house.” As the summertime theme would suggest it, aquatic references were not lacking— from the fish bone embroidered jackets, the seagull printed shirt-dress, to the eccentric nod to fish nets on tulle gowns and knitted pieces. As for the more subtle pieces, the postcard-print cowl-black blouse with matching spiral-seamed skirt were a bit easier for the public to embrace.
Although one cannot mirror de la Renta’s work at first glance, Garcia and Kim gave the collection an Oscar flair by opting for dramatic cuffs, embroidered pearls, three-quarter sleeves and romantic peplum cuts. The outerwear was modernized, creating reversible ivory shearling coat and slim, faultless coat. Aside from being wearable, the collection is extremely commercial, filled with shirts and blouses that are noted as best-selling category. They are skillfully paired with navy and white boucle skirts, navy pencil skirt and cropped trousers. Nevertheless, the designers achieved a strong signature silhouette that is being perceived as the new vision for Oscar de la Renta house. As for what the future holds, Garcia and Kim introduced a couple of structured, mini bag styles in box and barrel shapes, as well as pumps and mules that look chic and comfortable. Some are embroidered, some spare. We can only assume that a sea-life-inspired collection will be an ultimate delivery for all fashionable mermaids of modern era.
Photo credit: The Impression