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Today only, until 7pm get a hands-on peek at Oscar de la Renta's F/W 2011 on the second floor at Saks Fifth on Michigan Ave. The show has been flown in, set up in the Oscar hard shop and priced accordingly for pre-order. This year's theme of the collection seems to follow a Orientalist aesthetic channeling the well-traveled Astor street nomad. Bypassing some of the classic gowns we went right for the fun stuff- the garments with mod patterns borrowed from Middle Eastern and mountainous eastern cultures. Using materials like velvet, melton wool, and alpaca, in a color palate that resembles herbs we would find in the Spice House on Wells, Oscar's collection this year's collection can transition nicely from lunch to a benefit. Several racks were weighted with strapless graphic sequined gowns while others were almost floating with feather jackets and fluffed silver fox furs. Our favorites were the hand embroidered Ottoman jackets inspired by Beukhara in Uzbeckistan and the embroidery hand done in Beni Mellal, Morocco.
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