The Oscar de la Renta show always sets the standard for uptown chic, and this season was no exception. The only thing lacking was the socialite contingent, which seemed diminished this time around. Let’s hope the uptown girls follow Anna Wintour’s Fashion’s Night Out initiative and accept that there is no shame in shopping – especially if you’re supporting another critically acclaimed de la Renta collection.
This red dress and classic black heels was the most striking outfit coming in the door. It turned out to be especially appropriate given Oscar de la Renta’s spring line, which featured bright Latin colors.
When worn with a Greco-Roman updo, the headband gets an update – and the Chanel bag and leopard pants put it in distinctly non-crunchy territory.
Brad Goreski of “The Rachel Zoe Project,” looking dapper in tweed.
A leopard jacket, pencil skirt and snakeskin slingbacks create a sexy look for day.
Here is our avante garde girl again, this time in bright polka dots and nude heels.
Zac Posen strikes a pose for the photographers in a silk cravat and pink carnation boutonniere. Before there was the dandyish Chuck Bass, there was the even dandier Zac Posen.
Purple blouse and classic bag.
Days after Marc Jacobs did his “deconstructed ballerina” show, this white tulle dress appeared on a fashion show guest. Paired with tough-looking black lace-up boots for day.
Beauty notes: red lips, nearly nude eyes, and a simple bun at the nape of the neck is a key look for fall 2009. Also note how she dresses up a slouchy tee with a blazer and interesting necklace.
Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist at work.
Uptown elegance in shades of navy and black. Note the multiple necklaces – they should be in varying lengths, and you can do this look even with pearls.
Graydon Carter and Anna Scott, also in a red dress.
The advantage of not having a mob scene of paparazzi drawn by celebs: Bill Cunningham is much more likely to be photographing your guests!
Walking the line between fun and formal with sneakers, red pants and a blazer.
A great juxtaposition of masculine blazer and super feminine flared short skirt.
Anna Wintour arrives, in the vermilion trench again, this time paired with a striped dress. She almost always wears color and never shies from interesting prints. There’s that fab statement necklace again, too.
A neutral palette that starts with a Burberry trench.
A leggy Lauren Santo Domingo of Vogue works it in black shorts and a knit top.
One of fashion’s grande dames, still looking fabulous.
Andre Leon Talley makes a dramatic entrance in a black silk coat and white scarf.
Another interesting statement necklace.
Golds and yellows form a look that’s neutral but still eye-catching.
More cool layered necklaces, this one with a poof at the end. Note: this is not the layered SJP necklace trend of 2000. The necklaces should be bold in an of themselves and of varying lengths.
A smart way to wear sequins for day: all the other elements of her outfit – the slouchy tee, the neutral black jacket and heels and minimal jewelry – do not add any more bling.
Carine Roitfeld in mirrored sunglasses, brown leather lace-up booties and a trench, with the feminine touch of a gold necklace.
Definitely the Goth-iest guest, Kate Lanphear donned a Jim Beam tee, punk spike bracelets, and platform stiletto boots to go to the Oscar de la Renta show – pretty amazing. But there’s a subtle femininity at work here too: The scarf has an interesting ombre effect at the end, changing to a purplish blue tie dye and adding a romantic twist.
Nina Garcia in strappy black stilettos.
Despite the downbeat economy, Louis Vuitton is the most trusted and successful luxury brand, according to Interbrand’s report, “Best Global Brands 2009.”
Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director and inadvertent star of The September Issue.