Pre-Fall marks Peter Copping's first anniversary at the house of de la Renta, and also his first year as a resident in New York (Copping was originally from Paris). Naturally, for this collection, Copping decided to bring in fragments of his NY experiences and mixtures of the city's patchwork culture to this Pre-Fall lineup, moving away from his Spanish Flamenco from Spring. The result: beautiful, irresistible pieces that celebrate Native Americana, American artists and Hollywood stars like Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and even Madonna - strong flavors of the American Dream.
De la Renta's signature styles are evident throughout, but were given a refresh following Copping's modernized take on skirtsuits and cocktail dresses. Navajo culture was referenced with a black and white tweed skirt with a fringed hem and a tweed jacket. Pieces like a zip-front black dress and a fitted camel sweater with gold buttons tucked into an A-line black skirt highlighted Copping's efforts to appeal to a younger ODLR woman. Infusion of new textures worked hand in hand with the house's traditionally refined glamor to deliver a collection that's relatively cooler than its predecessors. Of course, breathtaking ODLR gowns can still be found in the selection - expect to see lots of these on the awards show circuit.
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All images courtesy of Oscar de la Renta.