Runway Report: Oscar de la Renta SS16

If you’re going to watch an Oscar de la Renta show, chances are you’re expecting something otherworldly beautiful – it’s just one of those things. And if Tuesday evening’s show is anything to go by, we’ll probably be thinking the same a few centuries down the line, too.

While it was only British designer Peter Copping’s second show as creative director for the fashion house, Oscar’s classic and elegant design aesthetic remained for the most part with occasional – and perhaps a little surprising – touches added throughout. Drawing inspiration from the magnificent works found at Hispanic Society of America in Harlem, guests were presented with beautiful pastel-hued sumptuous silk gowns (coming, amongst many other textures, in lace, tulle, jersey, organza and taffeta), multicoloured fur coats, suede jackets, and crochet and voluminously layered dresses.

And not to forget, those to-die-for Spanish espadrilles – something refreshingly new for the house, but warmly welcomed. “I thought that would give the whole collection a different twist, just to have the espadrille, which is the spanish shoe…I thought it would be younger and fresher”, Cooping had said backstage.

As for the show-stopper? It’s hard to pick, but if we had to, a black intricately embroidered gown, stunningly finished with Chantilly lace (there’s never enough lace for an Oscar de la Renta gown…) worn at the neck.

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