Runway Rock: Oscar de la Renta's Dreamy Debut Music
Much like the mesmerizing collection presented by the label's new creative director Peter Copping, the show's accompanying playlist left us enchanted.
No one consistently delivered looks that were elegant but totally relevant quite like Oscar de la Renta. On Tuesday night, the designer's legacy lived on. Fall 2015 marked the first collection under the helm of the fashion house's new creative director Peter Copping — it was announced last fall that the British-born designer, previously creative director at Nina Ricci, would be taking over the reigns — since the death of the Dominican-American designer, 82, in October.
The presentation took place at de la Renta's 42nd Street studio on the 25th floor — and the lights went up promptly at 6:42 p.m., the only way de laRenta would have it. Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss (one of de la Renta's favorite models, who also closed the designer's final spring 2015 show) sat together with de la Renta's stepdaughter Eliza Bolen. Before the show, legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham gave a hug to de la Renta's wife, Annette, who sat front row with longtime family friend Barbara Walters and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
The first look down the runway was an understated yet elegant blackcashgora coat with embroidery. Copping masterfully showcased the designer's signatures lace, florals and tweedy suiting, but with his own stylish touches. Bold-colored pumps in hyacinth, tangerine and peridot added a youthful pop teamed with sleek updos and minimal jewels. We loved the pansy print with matching floral pumps.
There were plenty (seriously, so many!) beautiful Oscar-worthy gowns — red-carpet stylists Kate Young and Rachel Zoe were both at the show. A vivid blue gown with jet black embellishments, a dramatic black-and-white strapless dress with a bold rose print, a navy and hyacinth colorblocked ball gown and an off-the-shoulder black gown with swingy ribbon and velvet strips. Note to stylists: all safe best-dressed bets.
The mesh and lace halter styles in black and Bordeaux (cocktail and gown-length, respectively) were especially fresh and modern, revealing just the right amount of skin. And, rather than ending with a dramatic duchesseballgown a la de la Renta, Copping opted to close the show with a leggy black and peridot color-blocked cocktail dress featuring a poufy skirt, open-bow back and long pink gloves.
In his show notes, Copping said: "In this, my first collection, I hope tohonour Oscar's legacy and also to start a new chapter for the house." And, that's just what he did.
Don't forget to check out the show's playlist below too.