This morning’s show kicked off at 10 am on the rooftop at Spring Studios. Spotting rain didn’t deter the A-listers, however, the live acoustic band was muffled between the drizzle. Nikki Minaj sat with her mum, Carol, in the front row, an interesting invitee, and a precursor to the theme that was about to unfold.
It was Bella Hadid who opened the show, wearing an Indian inspired silk sarong tied gracefully at the waist. With a single hoop earring, one arm blouse and woven red and white leather sandals, creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia’s collection did not look positive at look one. Thankfully, it got better.
“It was a fashionable expression of inclusivity and social justice. Diversity ran the runway”
Indian kurtas, Ikat printed A-lines, and sarong draped dresses followed. They took the crowd on an international journey, melding together cultures and identities through silhouettes. Fringed lace bodices, tasselled kaftans, vine printed maxi dresses, Kurdish embroidered coats and African print two-piece suits succeeded. The bustier, evening dresses and suits that the house is famous for were all present, just re-worked with looser saree style drapes.
Everything about the show was ethnic-elegance, including dresses, coats, and tailoring. It was a fashionable expression of inclusivity. Diversity also walked the runway: Duckie Thot, Yoon Young Bae, Lineisy Montero and Akiima were highlights amongst the models, alongside the Hadid sisters.
Was this the Wakanda effect? At a time that America feels so divided over issues of race, the significance of a bi-racial runway is large. Noted was the power of marketing inclusion to the masses, and Oscar de la Renta possibly touched a new type of consumer today, even if the clothes themselves weren't overly groundbreaking.