Runway Report: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2016

The trailer for Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution has been regularly projected onto walls or massive screens in the lobbies of this season’s fashion show venues in New York, reminding show-goers to see the documentary film that chronicles the legendary design battle between American and French fashion designers in an epic presentation held at the palace of Versailles in 1973. This runway show and the striking contrast between the modernism of the disco era and the opulence of 18th-century France provided the inspiration for this season’s Oscar de la Renta Fall 2016 collection. Creative Director Peter Copping highlighted the aforementioned contrast by pairing modern fabrics and a minimalist palette with classic Oscar de la Renta silhouettes and Francophile details including corsetry and silk damask.

The result of this mix was an updated take on ladylike elegance, retaining the expected grandeur and formality of a de la Renta collection while pushing the brand’s image into new territories of simplicity and restraint – two words which aren’t often used when discussing a collection from this brand.

Several looks embodied this tension, but none more successfully than those that paired a corset-inspired bodice (complete with boning, a nipped-in waist and generous décolletage) with a bell-shaped skirt (an Oscar classic). Executed in silk taffeta and stretch wool, these looks were a tactile tribute to the juxtaposition in sportswear featured in the film that inspired this collection, Copping’s second Fall presentation at the brand, and one which has us looking forward to more.

About the Author

A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.