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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2009 Collection: Fashion Bliss

Reviewing an Oscar de la Renta collection is an easy job. I could simply pluck out any one of my earlier reviews, change the dates and seasons, and, voilà, a post is born. Don't get me wrong, though. I'm not implying that ODLR collections are boring or devoid of visible differences from season to season. Quite the contrary. These changes are, however, so subtle and seamless as to leave someone feeling a sense of deja vu. When you look at the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2009 Collection as a whole it would be easy to say "This looks familiar" and you'd be right. Yet scratch beneath the surface and you'll discover those subtle differences I mentioned earlier.

ODLR can transform any woman from dowdy mess to divine lady with the stroke of a pencil. His silhouettes remain unchanged for the most part, but notice how deftly he uses fabric, cut and modern adornments to keep his designs looking current and relevant.

ODLR demonstrates his understanding of a woman's need to accessorize with this latest batch of handbags. There were several clever versions of the popular 'Fairfax' and 'Mumbai' designs. Plenty of shoulder bags sporting jewelry-like accents, and a group of clutches (a croc bow clutch in particular) that'll probably be sold out before you can say fashion bliss - which is exactly the state of being ODLR transports us to with this tour de force collection.

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