DESIGNER: Oscar de la Renta
INSPIRATION: Uzbekistan meets Vegas meets "Dynasty"
WHO WAS THERE: Nary a VIP in sight, just VIEs (very important editors); Jay Fielden, representing in the front row for Town & Country, his new post
TOP LOOKS: "Gold bullion" embroidered jacket with red-fox skirt and hood; head-to-toe plum looks (in a mix of leather, wool and fur), followed by head-to-toe hunter-green varieties; gold brocade wide-leg pantsuit; bouclé jackets and feather miniskirts; charcoal Persian lamb and spiky fox coat; indigo burnout-velvet long-sleeve gown; chartreuse damask tunic and wide-leg pants topped with fox hat and stole; black-and-white crewel-work long shearling coat over strapless gray tulle gown
ACCESSORIES: Metal-dipped high heels that widened at the bottom; lace-up oxford two-tone booties and ankle-strap pumps (our favorites were in velvet); suede bow kitten heels; gobs of sparkly crystal baubles dripping from necks and ears
WHAT WE THOUGHT: This jaunt into opulence was a traveling sybarite's delight, studded with references to Persia, Morocco and India. But this was a Silk Road paved in gold -- literally, in some cases -- all in quintessential rich, glitzy de la Renta style. Mixing of textures has been a big story this Fashion Week, and the trend surfaced here with clashes of wool, tweed, embroidery, multiple kinds of fur, patchwork leather, chiffon, velvet, tulle, shearling, brocade, feathers, bugle beads, sequins... 'twas luxury overload.