5 January 2016

Pre-Fall 2016 : Oscar de la Renta

This Pre-Fall collection marks the 1st Anniversary of the house's Creative Director, Peter Copping's arrival at the Oscar de la Renta Fashion House.

Within fashion, a year is over within a blink, the amount of collections that are released and when fashion month is over it seems as though the next is only a week a way. It truly is remarkable. It seems that within this past year, Copping has made himself at home and has really been doing the brand justice since the man himself, Oscar de la Renta's passing. He had stated that his collection has been inspired by the U.S culture and surroundings, "I wanted the collection to look like a patchwork, a rick mix, because that's what I find America to be." 

What I do admire so much about Peter Copping is that he hasn't totally rebranded the house, like Karl with Chanel, he has kept the Oscar de la Renta feel throughout each collection since he was appointed as Creative Director. Maybe I speak to early and he makes a drastic change, but so far a lot of his collection incorporate looks that could have easily been passed as de la Renta's own creations. He stated that he had studied the U.S culture,  retro hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe to heavily inspire the collection. He really has a solid foundation to now remaster and build upon, but still keeping the traditional and classic Oscar de la Renta feel beneath it all. 

As expected, the colour, floral prints, skirt suits and dresses were all in presented at their best, but Copping had ventured out to bring something different to Oscar de la Renta. For example, the zip up jackets and knee high boots. Usually seen by many as sexy, Copping had definitely created a more conservative boot, but still has a touch of sex appeal - but of course, not too much. I adored the red skirt with black embellishment in look 7, teamed with nude heels to elongate legs and of course, the tweed we all know and love. Oscar de la Renta always knew how to dress a woman and knew the woman's body very well. His designs were all about silouhette and this is something that has been carried on in his legacy. To me, de la Renta is famous for his great understanding of the woman and the collections the house produces are just fantastic. 


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