A variety of psychedelic hues and patterns sashayed down the catwalk as Oscar de la Portilla revisited a trend that most of us thought may have been long gone. Tie-dye made an unexpected, yet bold appearance on a slew of sexy swimsuits and sarongs, perfect for a day at the beach.
Even a swimsuit with lace elements played on the romantic vibe most designers tend to lean toward when creating a piece. But the influx of innovation and pattern choices didn’t stop there. Oscar de la Portilla took to oceanic themes and florals on backdrops of pieces with perforations.
And if that simply wasn’t enough, the designer welcome rosette details on a bevy of satin cocktail dresses, skirts, evening gowns, and even purses in blues, oranges, greens and purples. De la Portilla explained that his love for designing stems from his desire to design for every woman, hence the variegated lengths of a few of his dresses. There were even a few convertible pieces created to take this collection to higher heights.
The one thing to be said about this collection is that it was a stellar one. The fact that not only one particular type of woman was thought of during the entire design process is a comforting one, as evidenced by the selection of come-hither swimwear and elegant evening wear.
Though the majority of his collection was wearable, what was shown definitely teeters more on the creative side. His love for graphic prints supercedes those of many designers now. Everything with a graphic print was hand painted. If that doesn’t create a dynamic up and coming designers may want to tap into, I’m not certain what will.
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