The spring 2018 ready-to-wear collections have been walking down the runways in New York City the past seven days, and it is always with anticipation and curiosity that I wait as patiently as possible for Monday when Oscar de la Renta’s interpretation of the season debuts. The duo at the creative helm of the label, revealing their Spring collection for the first time, is Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. Sitting down with The New York Times recently, they shared insights into how they collaborate, what it’s like to work in Oscar’s office having worked with him for ten years prior to his death from cancer in 2014 and what evening separates actually are.
Adding their touch of modernity, the collection was certainly on point with their aesthetic (they also design Monse which is known for deconstructed classics) offering glam sequins and tulle as well as the essential layering item: a classic tee. Seen on Kim above and in a couple of runway styles below, the tees are classically cut and offer a simple statement in homage to Oscar as well as a complete heart and one which is broken.
For myself, I love the mix of casual and sophisticated separates. In fact, one style of uniform I gravitate toward especially as seasons transition from summer to fall and spring to summer is the use of a classic tee paired with an upscale, more formal separate: a pencil skirt, trouser, etc. (Similar to what Kim demonstrates). Whether a classic hue in white, black, gray or navy or a tee with a slogan that adds a touch of personality or a statement, the layering opportunities are plentiful.
Two brands that I have been welcoming into my closet for tees that last, but hang well are from Rag & Bone and Monrow. However, there are many other brands that offer a quality tee in a variety of fabrics and necklines, tailoring and sleeve length that are made to last more than one season. I have gathered a few below for you to take a look at.
Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2018 images via Vogue Runway