scar de la Renta showed his newest installment at his 42nd St. showroom in New York City last week. The collection, inspired by his Spanish roots and cubist elements from Picasso’s works, was modern, cool, and inviting. Ensembles ranged from the ladylike and demure to the uber saucy. Scribble patterned sheath dresses in black and white (and occasional brights) and patchwork appliqués were plentiful and easy to wear. Crisp boleros paired with skinny trousers, flouncy bright colored one-shouldered gowns with high slits, and voluminous gowns with sashes evoked the pageantry of a bullfight, but (somehow) on a sophisticated and tasteful level. Zorro-style hats tied it all together. A smart ¾ sleeve polka dot knee length shirt-dress was juxtaposed with black leather skinnies and a midriff-baring sweater to highlight his range. A black and white tweed short-suit and coral dress-and-jacket combo were classic crowd pleasers updated for the season. A black and ivory shimmery ensemble of boy shorts, tank and cardigan was the perfect off-duty outfit for cool girls everywhere. And then there were the gowns. Body hugging, fish-tail silhouetted, ruffly concoctions in basic black and vibrant jewel tones rocked the show. Streamlined, floor length sequined strapless numbers had their place too, as well as quiet and softly ruffled frothy pastel looks. Something for everyone… bravo!