If you're gonna do classic luxe, this is the way to do it: with hats, lots of goregous, and - was that a dirndl?

It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

We know lots of words, but sometimes only "beautiful" does the trick.


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

Oh. My. God. Does old-school lady get any jazzier?


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

There's something deliciously 50's working-girl about this canteloupe situation.


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

Oh, wait, Carine Roitfeld disagrees.


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

But, come on, Madame - this Degas-adorable frock must make you smile!


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

Or, what about this Spanish-widow-inflected midcentury day-dress?


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

And, yup, there's the dirndl! The hills are alive!


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

Maybe she's confused by this Lawrence of Arabia headdress?


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

And would I wear a bowler with a silk chiffon gown and a stole? Possibly not.


It Was Impossible Not To Smile At Oscar De La Renta (Well, Almost)S

But Zac Posen, that stone-cold dandified fox, likes it.

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