Gina Hong's Top Oscar de la Renta Picks
BY Madalyn Rothman
With no reservations about mixing color and texture, Oscar de la Renta’s designs are a match made in Miami heaven. Bal Harbour store manager Gina Hong reveals her top picks from the Fall collection and why, despite the heat, customers have their eye on heavy cashmeres and luxe cold-weather pieces.
Retail paradise: Everyone loves to be pampered at the store. Whether it’s a collector visiting Miami for Art Basel or a Grammy winner taking a break from rehearsals, the store is an oasis. They can buy a swimsuit with a matching caftan, a wrap for chilly evenings or a perfect look for the red carpet. Our shop, which has just been renovated, is a true reflection of Oscar’s world.
Techno-chic: The iPad clutch has been very successful; the first style we created sold out in its first week. We’ll continue to release limited editions in fall colors, currently in the store.
Bundled up: Our clients are a sophisticated and cosmopolitan group, comprised of international visitors who return at regular intervals and always stay in touch via phone or e-mail. Right now they’re looking for hand-knit and embroidered sweaters, since last year was so cold and everyone wants to be prepared.
Expert advice: Our sales associates are not only experts in Oscar de la Renta, but also true lovers of fashion. We have the most complete representation of the designer’s vision and all the knowledge and skill to present it—from associates to seamstresses. We frequently work by appointment, can easily bring in special pieces and have even been known to close our doors for visiting dignitaries.
Limited edition: Mr. de la Renta always creates exclusive items for his stores—the ones chosen for the Bal Harbour boutique generally have amazing colors and the kind of body-conscious styles favored in Miami.
HER TOP FIVE PICKS
1. Embroidered black silk dress, $4,990
2. Ivory astrakhan cashmere knit sweater jacket, $1,490
3. Gold cuff with magenta Klimt Swarovski detail, $490
4. Ikat jacquard open-toe d’Orsay heel, $625
5. Cordia Day clutch, $1,450
PHOTOGRAPH BY HAMID KOOTVAL