Oscar de la Renta's off-season presentations (the few that I went to) were easily my favorites. Not because there were far less editors there — there were — but because de la Renta himself would sit alongside us and talk through the collection.
So his absence at the house's pre-fall collection showing was perhaps especially keen. "It's been an emotional few days for us," Alex Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta and son-in-law of the late designer, said in the moments before the first look came out. "Oscar loved nothing more than the prep for a show" — the lunch the weekend before, the "obligatory fight over music," the worry that there wouldn't be enough things in the collection for Mrs. de la Renta to wear. "But no one more embodied 'the show must go on,'" he added. (via fashionista.com)