There, the 82-year-old master designer sat on a chair and looked intently at a monitor as he supervised the movements of each model travelling down the runway. At the end, he emerged smiling — with supermodel Karlie Kloss on one arm — to take a bow. He kissed Kloss on the cheek, then another model. He went back into the wings, and the models stood and cheered him loudly.
As for his spring 2015 collection, it had all the sumptuous, rich detail that de la Renta delivers every time. And the designer seemed happy to show some skin, with a number of his lacy skirts and gowns revealing the entirety of the models' endless legs, and occasionally more.
The designer began with more casual designs, pairing a large buffalo check print, in pink, light blue or black, with more delicate looks such as a white lacy skirt.
He got fancier as he progressed. An ivory organza embroidered dress was beautifully embellished with hand-painted flowers and ostrich feathers. Another dress, in white tulle, was covered with crystal and ostrich-feather embroidery.
De la Renta's three final looks were all in a bright key lime green, with Kloss closing down the show in a glamorous ivory silk gown, shorter in front, with green organza leaf embroidery.