Punk rock princesses Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne hit the runway as Oscar de la Renta unveils edgy red carpet looks
11:15 GMT, 13 September 2012
Oscar de la Renta appealed to a new generation of red carpet-goers yesterday as he unveiled a head-turningly edgy array of designs.
From shocking pink mini-dresses to bright blue leather skirts the fashion designer's latest collection plays on a punk meets princess theme.
He even had the models, who included 20-year-olds Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne, get bright pink, yellow and blue streaks put through their hair in the run-up to the evening presentation.
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Hot property: Model; of the moment Karlie Kloss took to catwalk with pink streaks in her hair
Punk rock princess: British model Cara Delevingne showcases pieces from the Oscar de la Rena collection
As well as creating evening gowns de la Renta vamped up the 60-piece spring collection with
pink silk cocktail shorts and hot pants which were paired with silver
beaded or ostrich feather embroidered bustiers.
He also experimented with leather and latex, and the show opened with Karlie Kloss wearing a red latex tank top with a classic navy blazer and ivory pencil skirt.
Models walked to a heady mix of orchestral music and tracks by the U.S. alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins.
Front row guests included Rachel Zoe, Anna Wintour and twins Jenna and Barbara Bush.
Following the evening show Ms Wintour said she 'thought it was beautiful' while fashion blogger Susan Tabak added 'if you have the body to wear it, you can rock it.'
Ensembles were accessorised with statement jewellery and brightly-coloured footwear.
De le Renta experimented with colour, texture and materials – choosing to open the show with a leather and with a model wearing a red latex tank top and ivory pencil skirt (center)
Karlie Kloss gets her makeup applied backstage by Revlon artist Gucci Westman as Ms Delevingne watches
The Dominican-born designer,is one of
the most revered names in haute couture and has remained a firm
favourite of first ladies and film stars.
Ann Romney recently chose a fire engine red silk taffeta dress from his fall collection for her RNC speech in Tampa, Florida.
It's believed that after winning rave
reviews, Romney's appearance heightened anticipation for de la Renta's fashion week show.
Fashion figure: Designer Oscar De La Renta on the runway at his presentation last night
Romney's husband Mitt defeats Barack Obama in the November presidential
election, the veteran award-winning designer will likely be back in
favour in the White House.
Renta recently won The Fashion Institute of Technology 2012 Couture
Council Award for Artistry and took aim at celebrity fashion designers –
sports stars and actresses who are delving into fashion – for their
lack of formal training.
'I've been at it for 45 years, and I'm still learning my craft on a daily basis,' he said after winning the award.
It was a case of punk met medieval princess at the Rodarte show, which was also held yesterday.
Sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy, who launched their label in 2005, unveiled their spring / summer line which they said was inspired by fashions from the Middle Ages.
Printed jacquard dresses featured breastplates, corsets were rife, leather trousers were laced together through metal grommets, and long flowing gowns were trimmed with leather fringe.
Step back in time: Rodarte's spring / summer line was inspired by fashions from the Middle Ages
A number of industry players turned up for the presentation as well as Rachel Zoe, fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, Kirsten Dunst and China Chow.
'Spring 2013 is inspired by medieval and role playing games,' the design-duo sisters said in a statement.
While makeup artist James Kaliardos (for NARS) described the collection as 'very Dungeons and Dragons'.
The soundtrack included tunes from the Breeders, the Cure, and Bordeaux.
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