Monday, 16 May 2011

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012

Only Oscar de la Renta would get me to 42nd Street on a rainy Monday night.  At first, I missed his old venue at the church on Park Avenue a few blocks from my apartment, but there was a great juxtaposition to the raw runway space and the gorgeous clothes.  It is the future home of the Oscar offices and meant that everyone had a great seat.  Thanks to a few souls who either did not brave the weather or got caught in traffic, a few of us were even able to move to the front row.  It was there that I sat two seats away from the still stunning model Carmen Dell'Orefice and close to Anna Wintour and the team from Vogue. Both left me a nervous wreck and wishing I had stopped eating carbs years ago.  That's probably why some of my first photos were a little out of focus. (For all runway looks, please visit  It's also very difficult to shoot moving models and my hat goes off to the professionals.  Speaking of hats, I absolutely loved the paper hats that topped the resort looks that were inspired by Spain, Picasso, Cubism and perhaps a bit by pirate Captain Jack Sparrow.  What I love most about attending fashion shows in person is the way the fabric wafts down the runway and the light catches the embroidery and beading.  I say it every time but it really is a magical experience and in this case, very artistic.  I think even Piscasso would have approved. 

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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