Frilly touches like oversized bows and pleated "prize winner" ribbons adorned satin organza blouses in playful gingham prints and cashmere silk cardigans looked especially fresh in rich royal blue or plum, or in black when embroidered with gold feathers. Embroidery and sequined embellishment also featured on numerous in the collection, giving taking sweaters and cocktail-length dresses from day into evening.
Sleek black cashmere sweaters paired with the bright, full floral skirts gave the looks an air of mid-century bohemian chic, as though the girls stepped out of a gallery opening for an Abstract Expressionist artist in the '50s.
But it was all about '70s chic with wide-legged silk faille pants in burgundy or emerald paired with cardigans belted at the waist.
For evening, de la Renta did not hold back on the drama, whether it was a Victorian-esque black lace tiered gown with satin ribbon or the two show-stopping, Dynasty-worthy looks that closed the show that exemplified "bigger is better" - a gold tissue lame gown and a royal blue taffeta pleated gown that swirled like a tidal wave. Wallflowers need not apply.