The Oscar de la Renta Resort 2023 collection was abloom with all manner of flowers 16th century botanist and horticulturist Charles de l’Ecluse played as the inspiration for the season, famous for introducing the tulip to Holland.
The flowers were embroidered in large yellow sequins on a sky blue caftan and beaded onto a stretch tulle cocktail dress. Adriana DeBose wore a sleeveless version of the flowers-and-power mesh dress in look 32 to the Time 100 Gala last week, and blossoms also take the form of buttons of a tweed suit and shift dress. Garcia, for his part, was pleased with the quilting he used on colorful dresses and mini suits with petal-shaped cut-outs. The technique is more typical of long dresses for evening, he explained, but “cut-outs have become a go-to for our customer.”
The Oscar de la Renta customer has a new surprise in store for her: flower printed leggings. These are a personal favorite of Kim’s. She’s teaching herself to garden because de la Renta was so fond of his own gardens in Connecticut and the Dominican Republic, but she’s still a 21st century woman and leggings are the current uniform. She paired them with a matching cape top or a coordinating second-skin turtleneck and cropped tweed jacket. Another nod at modern utility with a playful wink: a red leather dress whose puff sleeve gloves button off at the shoulder for a two-in-one look.