It is hard to believe that Oscar de la Renta passed away nearly a year ago. While there was variety in each collection he made, his feminine and elegant aesthetic never wavered. His gowns were easily distinguishable against the others on red carpets and probably the prettiest at the venue. When photographed, his dresses turned moments into iconic memories.
The Savanna College of Arts and Design honored his legacy with an Oscar de la Renta exhibit curated by André Leon Talley in its museum. From this, Talley created a book named after the presentation, “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style,” with pictures of pieces from the display, accompanied by the photos of moments when the dresses were worn. The forward, written by Anna Wintour, expressed how profound a mark he left on the fashion industry and the women whom he dressed.
The images from the exhibit were breathtaking, but to me, De la Renta’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection was not only one of his last but one of his best. The impression it left on me cemented my dreams to work in fashion even more. From the charming pastels to the meticulously placed botanical appliques, it resembled something straight out of a fairy tale. After he passed away last October, I was not only sad but almost certain that no one else would be able to match the ornate works of art that he had created for decades.
However, seeing Peter Copping’s spring 2016 collection for the Oscar de la Renta brand at New York Fashion Week in September, I felt reassured on the preservation of De la Renta’s vision. In an interview with VogueRunway.com, Copping said that he was inspired by Spain for the collection. This gave life to undulating hemlines, delicate textiles and ornate prints that seduced your attention. He incorporated a high black lace neckline with tea dresses and crafted grand ballgowns galore.
While no one will ever be able to replace De la Renta, Copping has shown that he will continue to grow the brand with keen attention to details and a proclivity toward femininity at its best. Even if you are more of an Alexander Wang guru, it would be impossible to deny how flattering the pieces were and how much care was given to each stitch and selection of fabrics.
If you haven’t seen the show, you need to watch the live stream ; and it may feel like you are falling in love with the brand all over again.