We noticed yesterday at Oscar de la Renta‘s spring 2012 bridal runway presentation that wedding shows are really different from ready-to-wear shows. People smile at you, all of the editors talking to each other actually seem like friends, and in general things are really civilized and convivial. There was, as we expected, (and how could there not be?), no shortage of juicy Kate Middleton gossip flying around. “I’ve heard there’s more buzz about American designers than about English ones,” we heard one woman say to another woman’s shock.
But all of that — the bet placing, the rumor mongering, the air kissing — faded away when the lights got dim (only five minutes after our invitation said the show would begin, which has got to be some kind of fashion industry record) and de la Renta sent his first look down the runway. A flower child-like bikini and coverup combo topped with strands of pink flowers got our attention first and foremost, and the first couple of looks in the didn’t resemble wedding dresses so much as they were just beautiful clothes. A white fox fur vest paired with silk tuxedo pants, and a peasant blouse work with a gigantic skirt with floral embroidery were among our favorite looks.
The dresses that were unmistakably wedding gowns didn’t disappoint, either. De la Renta showed a number of short dresses, which we found pleasing and fun, if slightly unconventional. He also showed traditional gowns with full skirts fit for, well, soon-to-be queens, and body hugging dresses in every permutation of silk. The music, a mixture of Brahms and Wim Mertens, wasn’t loud enough to keep the swish, swish, swish sound of silk and taffeta against berber carpet from reaching our ears.
But we’re not going to spend all day waxing romantic about natural fibers. Take a look at our favorite pieces from the collection below.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.