Taylor Swift made history in the Oscar de la Renta pressed flower minidress she wore to the Grammys, becoming the first woman to win Album of the Year three times. “That was a home run,” said Fernando Garcia. Unsurprisingly, Garcia and Laura Kim chose florals again for resort, only this time instead of three-dimensional embroideries, they superimposed photo prints of wildflowers on images of gardens shared by the landscape architect Miranda Brooks. On a strapless short dress with blossoming volumes of silk faille the effect was slightly surreal, maybe even lysergic.
Garcia said Ugo Rondinone was a reference point. The electric citrine of a slim brushed wool coat looked like it was lifted directly from the sculptor’s Seven Magic Mountains totems. There were other tailored pieces in similarly vivid brights in the lookbook, but the collection as it was photographed here leaned toward special occasion dressing. Kim said that’s because in October and November, when this collection ships, the Oscar client tends to have a lot of big events, maybe this year more than ever as New York recovers from the pandemic. A taffeta gown cut in that can’t-fail-to-be-noticed Ugo Rondinone citrine, as voluminous as Swift’s minidress was fitted, went unpictured. Maybe that’s because we’ll be seeing it on another red carpet this summer. Cannes, perhaps.