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Oscar de la Renta

HighLifeChannel September 14, 2021
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He described the spring 2022 clip as a celebration of New York energy. Five models including Irina Shayk and Candace Swanepoel run around the city, catching cabs, hopping the subway, and riding Citi Bikes, before convening in Bryant Park for an impromptu runway show. The Hiltons—Paris, Nicky, and their mom Kathy—make cameos, as do Kim and Garcia themselves. The biggest get was Billie Eilish, who gave the duo rights to use her song “Oxytocin.” In turn, they dressed her for the Met Gala tonight in an old Hollywood gown in the mode of Marilyn Monroe. She told the designers she wanted to be “the belle of the ball.”

Kim got to indulge her own passion this season, too. During the pandemic she got into cooking, a pastime that the collection’s painterly prints pick up on: in one, her red kitchen table takes center stage; another features magnolia blossoms. Kim remembers eating magnolias as a young girl in Korea; they taste a little like ginger, apparently. “It’s very personal,” she said of the prints. “They’re what our life looks like on the weekends.”

On the racks in the showroom, there was a push-pull between the intimacy of those prints and the drama of the evening dresses, some of which were made in raffia fringe as replacement for feathers. The designers are also going fur-free, at the urging of their superstar collaborator Eilish, who is an animal rights activist.

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia made a video for their new Oscar de la Renta collection. Most of their peers opted for the runway in this rebooted New York Fashion Week, but they believe in digital, Garcia especially. “It allows me to stretch my legs doing video, which I love,” he said at a showroom appointment, citing video’s reach as a motivating factor. “It allows us to cut our budget and expand our deliverables. Plus, videos are probably more captivating than still pics.”

He described the spring 2022 clip as a celebration of New York energy. Five models including Irina Shayk and Candace Swanepoel run around the city, catching cabs, hopping the subway, and riding Citi Bikes, before convening in Bryant Park for an impromptu runway show. The Hiltons—Paris, Nicky, and their mom Kathy—make cameos, as do Kim and Garcia themselves. The biggest get was Billie Eilish, who gave the duo rights to use her song “Oxytocin.” In turn, they dressed her for the Met Gala tonight in an old Hollywood gown in the mode of Marilyn Monroe. She told the designers she wanted to be “the belle of the ball.”

Kim got to indulge her own passion this season, too. During the pandemic she got into cooking, a pastime that the collection’s painterly prints pick up on: in one, her red kitchen table takes center stage; another features magnolia blossoms. Kim remembers eating magnolias as a young girl in Korea; they taste a little like ginger, apparently. “It’s very personal,” she said of the prints. “They’re what our life looks like on the weekends.”

On the racks in the showroom, there was a push-pull between the intimacy of those prints and the drama of the evening dresses, some of which were made in raffia fringe as replacement for feathers. The designers are also going fur-free, at the urging of their superstar collaborator Eilish, who is an animal rights activist.

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