The California Connection

Oscar de la Renta always had a special relationship with the Bay Area, and his annual summer fashion show in Tahoe was a written-in-pen appointment for the society-page set. Which probably helps explain why it’s San Francisco’s De Young Museum, in Golden Gate Park, and not, say, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute that has organized the first full-on retrospective of the late designer’s work—so many of his best pieces probably already hang in local closets. (When they’re not being shown off at the opera, or the symphony, or the ballet, or at the Gettys’ house, that is.) And then, of course, there’s the Hollywood angle: Oscar had dressed the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, and Amy Adams in gowns at once classic and eye-catching for their red-carpet walks at the (other) Oscars. All the more reason to kick things off on the West Coast, no?

League to Save Lake Tahoe Presents Oscar de la Renta 2008 Fashion Show

Oscar de la Renta in Lake Tahoe, 2008 (Image courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography)

Oscar De La Renta - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW

Oscar de la Renta black silk taffeta and point d’esprit lace evening dress, Spring 2011, Private Collection (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

Oscar de la Renta black silk and silk tulle evening dress, Fall 2012, Oscar de la Renta (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Oscar de la Renta 2012 Resort Collection - Inside

Oscar de la Renta goes over final details on a model’s outfit  prior to his Oscar de la Renta 2012 Resort Collection show (JP Yim/Getty Images)
"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Oscar de la Renta black silk satin, gold lamé, gilt feather appliqué evening dress, Fall 2014, Oscar de la Renta (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)