Oscar de la Renta Resort 2013

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2013

Whimsy was the word at Oscar de la Renta's Resort 2013 show Monday evening, where the designer presented a diverse collection underpinned at all points by an easy, colorful elegance.

Looks ranged from de la Renta's customarily luxurious suits to shirts, jackets, and dresses featuring fresh new floral prints. Close-up images of irises and carnations played well with embroidered tulips. Many accessories were rendered in shades of ripe produce: lemon-colored belts, for example, and green apple earrings were the finishing touches on a few looks. And if the multiple suggestions of floral beauty weren't a sufficient indicator that these clothes are intended for a relaxing break from everyday life, tulle and organza dresses embroidered with a gingham pattern playfully suggested going for a picnic.

The offering was grown-up and girlish, mature and youthful all at once. That idea couldn't be stressed any clearer than in a sequined baseball shirt (already for sale online), paired with a tea-length white-and-green skirt that came down the runway toward the end of the show.

Photos Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta.