New York latest: Oscar de la Renta

Jewels were everywhere on Oscar de la Renta’s catwalk.

From the blown-up versions of actual jewellery used as inspiration for his prints to the jewelled headbands in his models’ hair and the beautifully embellished cardigans and coats—even down to the ombré sequined ankle boots—it was sparkles, sparkles, sparkles everywhere!

There was plenty of black, as to be expected for autumn winter, but also a bevy of delightful ice blues and light pinks (two colours of the moment in New York) that will make his Ladies Who Lunch set happy. 'Today’s woman doesn’t dress for seasons anymore,' said the dapper designer.

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Naturally, this was a show rich with the luxe and glam factor one would expect. There was Chantilly lace appliqué on chiffon blouses, a silver arctic fox collar, thick cashmere sweaters and a gown with a gold silk taffeta skirt. In his program, de la Renta included an itemised list of the kilos of jewellery his models wore, and they read like a what’s what of baubles: Russian gold, a multi topaz crystal ring, pearl and crystal earrings and so forth.

As for the finale? Large and larger seemed to be the decree; tulle skirts in shades of rose, blue and silver marched out, some drawn up in the front like curtains, each one even more fabulously voluminous than the next.

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