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A Rebirth on the Runway

Always an elegant and classy affair, Oscar de la Renta presented his spring 2011 collection at his usual venue, uptown at 583 Park Avenue. For a packed house that boasted Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, and more, Oscar presented a selection of red carpet worthy gowns with a slight 50s inspired feel and delicate cocktail dresses with nipped waists.

Modelinia popped into the backstage area to meet up with a few of his leading runway ladies, including Karolina Kurkova, Lindsey Wixson, Heidi MountIsabeli FontanaKarlie KlossJourdan Dunn, as well as Caroline Trentini and Coco Rocha - both of whom graced Oscar with their one and only runway walk of the season! Though Oscar’s go-to muse, Arlenis Sosa was noticeably absent, her fellow models brought serious power to the runway in her place.

We caught up with Karolina, who made a major runway return this season. “After having the baby I’m a new person and I feel like I’m starting again as a new person,” said Karolina. “It’s the rebirth of me and an evolution of me. It just kind of all happened at once and everybody was excited for me to do shows, so I kind of instead of doing one, I could do just one exclusive or one or two. But I decided, ‘Let me just go with it.’” Her return to the runway turned into a multitude of opportunities, including Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Rodate. “It’s nice to see everybody - all the designers and all the people I used to do shows with, so I’m kind of having a little fashion moment.” As for her darling baby boy, Karolina simply glowed while chatting about his progress, saying, “He’s great, he’s growing, he’s learning, he’s expressing himself, he’s starting to talk a little bit like his baby talk and he’s active and he’s just getting big and he’s getting to be a little person.”

Given their hectic schedules, the models work extra hard to be as present as possible in their children’s lives. “Skype has been a big save,” explained Heidi Mount. “It’s the best because for him at a young age visual is a big deal. Over the phone even when we talk on the phone he’s like, ‘Mommy look at this,’ and it’s like I can’t see it.”

As for Isabeli, post Oscar, it’s back-to-back plans for the supermodel. ”I am actually going to give a kiss to my kids and I’m going back to Brazil for two days where I’m going to be shooting for one day for C&A and right after that I’m going to be working for Victoria’s Secret and I’m doing the whole Paris [Fashion Week.]” But before she takes off to Brazil, Isabeli has one stop in mind. “I want to stop by at Betsey Johnson I love her clothes. I’m addicted. I love her and I love her stuff!” ~ Bianca Posterli

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