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The Big Editorial Guns Come Out for Oscar de la Renta

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Grace Coddington sits front row and center
Grace Coddington sits front row and center

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It takes a designer like the legendary Oscar de la Renta to bring the major, editorial bold names out to a Christian Science church-turned-posh event space on this frigid Monday afternoon. The influential players spotted amongst the sea of fur jackets and immaculate blowouts included Mickey Boardman from Paper, Glenda Bailey from Harper's Bazaar, Anna Wintour and the breakout star of the September Issue, Grace Coddington. The bold names were all gathered for Oscar de la Renta's Pre-Fall 2011 runway show.

Now, just last week, Michael Kors bemoaned the term "pre-fall" for turning people off and seems like the iconic Vogue creative director concurs.

"I like winter..because there’s more clothes," Grace Coddington tells us. "And I hate all those pre-things—it’s so confusing." Well, hear that fashion industry.

We then narrowly missed blocking Anna Wintour's quick detour to her seat right before the show began. As the fashion assistant next to us said, "That wouldn't have made a good first impression."

And with that, the lights went down and Oscar sent the models strutting down the runway. We'd say we could picture Blair Waldorf in about half of them (we were on Park Avenue, after all)—especially the lady-like, but flatteringly youthful neon pinks, brilliant greens and cropped bouclé jackets paired with contrasting patterned skirts. There were a couple Serenas, too, like the vampy belted fur vest over skintight black leather leggings and tempestuous gold sequined frocks. The 59-look show then concluded with a trio of intricately embroidered ball gowns with matching toreador jackets that looked like they'd be right at home in the wardrobe closet of Sofia Coppola's rock 'n roller version of Marie Antoinette.
· Michael Kors Thinks Most People Would Care About Pre-Fall if it Weren't Called Pre-Fall [The Cut]
· Oscar de la Renta [Official Site]

Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2011

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