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Despite a true knack for fashioning the perfect cocktail dress or the most glamorous, Hepburn-worthy trousers, Oscar de la Renta really is the closest thing we have to couture stateside. But this modern idea of "couture" is less about excess and more about a young spirit paired with a love for the details—pretty much what a collection by Oscar is always about.
There are plenty of studios we'd love to spend time in—be a fly on the wall as patterns flourish into party dresses. So having the chance to have a peek at this designers's spring/summer collection in the making was special to say the least. Check out his full spring/summer 2009 collection here (we love the '60s-cut mini-dresses and skinny silver trousers), and if you really just can't wait another five months for a new season of Oscar (we understand!), indulge yourself by perusing his fall/winter collection, available online at www.oscardelarenta.com. Here, you can also register to win tickets to the designer's pre-fall 2009 show in New York. Oscar, up close and personal...just the way we like it.