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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Oscar de la Renta speaks volumes with his spring collection

In a sweltering industrial building overlooking Bryant Park, Oscar de la Renta made volume his mission statement for spring. Several looks seemed to overflow the runway as models swept clouds of taffeta and feathers down the aisle, while A-list attendees including Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and Rachel Zoe looked on.

The aesthetic was equal parts conservative — a white cardigan clasped at the chest with a jeweled brooch and paired with a matching skirt — and outre, with splashes of acid lime and bright yellow constituting a dabble in a slightly more eclectic palette.
A model walks the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Peter Michael Dills - GETTY IMAGES)

The designer showed a handful of fur pieces (including a memorable bolero in neon green), which felt slightly out of place, perhaps because of the steamy environment. But the little white dress is an Oscar winner every time, and the designer showed incarnations that incorporated a wide range of textures. The statement gowns were elegant without seeming stale, and the skirt suits will please the designer’s core demographic. One thing we can live without? The sky-high jewel-encrusted satin mules, which would have found a fan in Louis XIV.
A model walks the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Peter Michael Dills - GETTY IMAGES)

A model walks the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Peter Michael Dills - GETTY IMAGES)

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