Just as the VIP room at Studio 54 consisted of a few crates in a basement, so does the workshop space where Oscar de la Renta shows his collection — rough-hewn and well-worn, albeit with a spectacular view of Manhattan — draw a crowd that includes Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Barbara Walters, and Valentino (the latter two actually may be authentic Studio veterans.) The clothes, no surprise, are Oscar-worthy (pun intended) and despite my best efforts to turn up my nose at these fantasias and the price tags they entail, I am half in love with the garment that closes the show, a puffy princess of the finest silk made to look like muslin, trimmed with scarlet ribbons, which might have been worn by a wan aristocrat heading for the guillotine.
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