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What recession? Oscar de la Renta brought loads of glamor. Photo: Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

DESIGNER: Oscar de la Renta

INSPIRATION:
Mr. de la Renta himself called it, "A wardrobe for the modern woman – fresh and feminine." We thought of if as "The Leisure Class goes Latin."

TOP LOOKS:
The lush teal looks, namely a skinny safari suit on Iris and a knit dress and cardie on Katie; Broderie Anglaise (aka fabulous crochet) trimmed Safari suit; 3/4 length silk gazar Hyacinth dress with soft off-the-shoulder volume; Chantilly lace dresses in black and white -- which had a Spanish mantilla meets YSL's Le Smoking effect; Navy tulle and rhinestone encrusted deconstructed ballgown

ACCESSORIES:
Platform sandals in snake and patent, with thin little straps; Uptown jewels like diamond tassel earrings and fancy turquoise, carnelian and diamond drop earrings; woven brim hats by Patricia Underwood

WHO WAS THERE:
Zac Posen (for a continuing theme of designer on designer love this week), Graydon Carter and his wife, Anna Scott, Patrick Demarchelier, Italian Vogue's Carla Sozzani, and every other E.I.C. in town (Anna, Carine, etc.), Brad from the "Rachel Zoe Project," Coco Brandolini, Aerin Lauder, Renee Rockefeller and Craig McDean.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: Oscar delivers the goods. Gorgeous clothes for women who live the good life and want to look beautiful and sumptuous doing it. There are edges here and there that update his woman season to season. For Spring, it's peridot, peach, hyacinth and teal -- all so super saturated they practically glow. Oscar used the peridot on corsets peaking out of a black and white printed ball gowns. Referencing his Latin roots, the designer went for it with Chantilly lace, making it into gowns, veils and headscarves, for the above-mentioned Mantilla-look. The red carpet is always on Oscar's mind and there were ballgowns (though, perhaps fewer than in a boom-economy). The designer curbed his prices last season, but this fashion royal never skimps on glamor.

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Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010
Oscar de la Renta , Spring 2010
Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images

    Oscar de la Renta - Spring 2010

    Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images