Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012 Collection

Posted on May 17, 2011

There’s a big part of us that sincerely wishes the world of fashion wasn’t so rarefied. In our perfect world, runway shows and presentations would travel the world like a circus, going from town to town and putting on a show. If people could really see these clothes walk past them mere feet away, they would be blown away by the beauty on display. Pictures on the internet simply don’t come close to the experience of being there.

The collection was presented at the new Oscar de la Renta showroom which gave the attendees a fabulous view of 42nd Street and even though the sky outside was gloomy, the space was intimate and the mood relaxed. Oscar himself wandered around before the show, greeting guests, and he stood at the exit thanking them all as they left. The feeling was warm and inviting and we got to say our hellos and give our airkisses to Nina Garcia and Joe Zee, while we gazed lovingly at Carmen Dell’Orefice from afar and watched Anna Wintour enter and exit the space in her own reserved elevator. We know we sound like silly little pollyannas, but we really did wish all our Bitter Kittens could be there with us.

The collection was inspired by Picasso and Cubism and had the amazing graphic, colorful prints to prove it. Everything was so meticulously detailed and beautiful to look at. We loved the matador influence, with the little jackets and the hats made out of paper. The polka-dot dresses, the gorgeous shades of red and green, the booties and belts – it was all so perfectly styled and impeccably executed; just one beautiful look on a beautiful girl after another. Some of the dresses, with their conspicuous belts and full skirts, seemed like a direct appeal to Michelle Obama, or at least an homage to her personal style.  The whole thing was a twelve-minute fashiongasm. Nina asked us afterwards what we thought and the only thing we could manage was a wide-eyed “OhmiGOD.”

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    • caio paiva

       OMG, love

    • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

      Is there any way to make the pictures bigger?

      • MilaXX

         click on the picture and then click on it again for the larger version.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready


    • Anonymous

       Wow.  I have never looked at a collection with so many OMG WANT reactions before.

    • Anonymous

       Nobody does pretty like Oscar.

      • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

        Of course, Oscar himself is the epitome of urbanity and sophistication.  Whenever they interview him at the US Open, I always feel badly for the tossers who are sitting around him because no one should look that swank at a sporting event.  Even a tennis one.

    • kim i

      if i were still 25 and working it, i’d wear every single one of those outfits.  not all at once, though.

    • scottyf

       It must be quite overwhelming for you guys to go to a show like that, sit in an audience of such artists and professionals and think about what you accomplished to get there. When you dream big, you get big. Congratulations Tom & Lorenzo.

      If I were a woman, I would just camp out in the Oscar De La Renta Showroom.

    • Anonymous

      This is one of the first collections where I can immediately picture certain celebrities wearing the clothes; Shelly O needs to grab that first sheath.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

       this is one of the most beautiful collections i’ve seen in a while! it probably helps that i am a HUGE fan of picasso and cubism 😛 but seriously, the color story/silhouettes are beautiful

    • KarenZ

       Didn’t Oscar say mean stuff about Mrs. O’s style after the inauguration?

      • Anonymous

         Sorry but from what I read everything he said was true – so I’d say it was “true stuff” not “mean stuff”.  And based on her many missteps, I’d say he was easy on her. JMO

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka


    • Catherine Arnett

      You lucky bitches!  I’ve wished to be able to attend a real couture fashion shows since I was about 5 years old.  If I never get to one, your blog is second best.

      And my most prominent thought while gazing upon this graphic, brightly colored fiesta was, “So is Mondo on trend now?  Hmmmm, Duchess??”  It may be more polished & better displayed, but this work still smacks of the same essence to me.

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful and exquisite! I’m a huge Oscar fan and absolutely love this collection. I can definitely see the influences of Picasso; cultural references to Spanish life, proto-Cubist elements, shifting planes in design, rich and vibrant colors, African influences, etc.    

    • Anonymous

      I’m so glad that you guys were on the invite list. You’ve worked hard to create this blog out of nothing but an idea, so it’s great to see you getting the validation of the rarified invitation!

      I’m also glad this show was live-streamed on the internet. I watched and was wowed from my computer. While I didn’t like the hats or the sashes, the rest was absolutely stunning! And funny you mention the cubism references because I was wondering that as I was watching it. It was easy to see that without getting that info. For me the standouts were the black & white pieces (and there was one coat I would have tackled the model for.)

      Simply gorgeous!


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Nice to see pretty! 

    • Anonymous

      Rare for me to like Oscar’s shorter hemlines more than the gowns, but in this collection I DO … terrific!  (Lagerfeld’s Resort stuff not worth mentioning in the same breath ~ ) 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily


    • MilaXX

      so jealous of you guys, but kudos to you on the invite.  I like the colors. i think there are a lot of things that could work for the younger set as well as our more mature celebs.

    • Anonymous

      Fabulous! And I’m so happy for you! Bitter Kittens represent, yo!

    • http://twitter.com/RocknLox Khadijah James

       WOOOOOOOOOW! I want each piece (sans the gowns) to be immediately added to my wardrobe. AMAZING!

    • Anonymous

      quite stunning 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Beautiful! Though I thought it was funny that the gown on the left in the 3rd row, which looks a bit pageant-y to begin with, comes with a built-in sash. 

    • aussiegal77

       Holy crap.  I love 98% of this collection, it is beautiful!

    • Judy_J

      I can usually pick out one or ttwo favorites in a collection, but with this one, I would have a really hard time narrowing it down!  I particularly love the graphic print sheaths.   

    • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

       That second dress in the first composite is giving some serious FLOTUS style. It looks just like things she’s worn before in silhouette, but with some color pop

    • Christine Marie

      Love love love love love. Okay, fine, I forgive you for slacking on that other post. If I was going to this, I probably would have too. 

    • Joyce VG


    • Oze R.

      It takes real talent to make dresses that a forty something, short, chubby gal like me can actually see herself wearing right out of the runway. Bravo Oscar! (and bravo to you guys, you totally deserve being in first row and air kissing Nina) 

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful! It’s great that you were able to experience the show and you obviously appreciated every moment. Cheers to you T & Lo and thanks for bringing us along.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1505642 Tangier Bates

      Beautiful!  I’m breaking my piggy bank open now!!

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Love the colors.  I see some of these in Mrs. Obama’s future.

    • Anonymous

      I really like all the outfits here, but it doesn’t scream “resort,” which could be good or bad, depending on what someone is looking for. 

    • http://twitter.com/a_liking Ali King

       positively love the selection of dresses in that first style — the nice, fitted sheath — it can be so hard to find a nice modest dress these days! And can definitely picture Mrs. Obama in a lot of ’em. *jealous*

    • Anonymous

      While I think a lot of the gowns are pagenty cake-toppers, the separates are fabulous.  I love the bolero influence in the jackets and the skinny pants and skirts.   

    • Lisa

       Congrats, TLo!  I’m so glad you guys got to represent us Bitter Kittens!

    • Anonymous

       Lovely.  I can also see Michelle O in Row 9, No. 2.  Or me, if that humongous raise comes through . . . 

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Tha t’s the first one I thought about too! Although I can really see her in many of them! :)

    • Anonymous

      You bitches sure are getting super important, aren’t you?  Invites to OdlR’s runway show?  Tete-a-tetes with La Nina?  I’m not worthy to breathe the same air, guys!

      Oh yes, love the clothes, too, even if that green isn’t my absolutely favorite shade.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z3MD2KJCFAPQJTYHVT5GBHCCXQ RachelB

      I think your idea of traveling shows could be a money maker! This collection is AH-MAH-ZING!! Love the polka dots, reminds me a little bit of Marc Jacobs fall 2011, don’t ya think?

    • Anonymous

      I love the silhouette  of the middle dress in the second row from the bottom.  That’s the only specific thing I can say, because the rest of it is just making me go, “Ooo… shiny.”

    • akprincess72

       2nd row, 1st picture (the left side), that dress is just me.   Uncles, please forward a photo to Santa, thanks!

    • Anonymous

       I’m jealous. Beautiful stuff!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RINW7WUBS4IZF25ET6GUNPQ3TA aniquea

      Holy mother of God, this is good! First time commenter, love you guys! (people even like you in Pakistan. Srsly)

    • Anonymous

      Now THAT is a collection! I oooohed and aaaahhed like I was watching fireworks. How cool are you two? Congratulations on your A list invitation.

    • suzq

      When did resort collections become so…well rounded and practical?  I thought resort collections were just swim wear, evening gowns and nice holiday outfits.  This is a spring/summer collection.  So I’m a big hung up on the fashion monikers.

      Still, this is outstandingfabulous.  I want every Mondrian-esque sheath.  The gowns are glorious.  I’d love to see Michelle Obama in so many of these.   

    • aimee_parrott

      LOVE!  Lovelovelove every single piece. 

    • Anonymous

      So often I don’t love de la Renta, it’s little too feminine and frilly for my tastes. A number of these are quite lovable though. Feminine but not frilly.

    • Anonymous

      Just beautiful!  Thanks, TLo, for posting, and I hope your wishes of traveling couture shows come true!

    • Anonymous

      Just beautiful!  Thanks, TLo, for posting, and I hope your wishes of traveling couture shows come true!

    • Anonymous

       Anyone want to place bets on how many of these Michelle O. will wear in the next year?

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    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      Cant wait until these styles trickle down to the J C Penney level!  Just Gorgeous!