Peter Copping continues to do a brilliant job keeping the legacy of the Oscar de la Renta alive. Copping has been exploring different aspects of the de la Renta legacy and for Fall 2016 RTW he looked at the famed 1973 Battle of Versailles, which pitted American fashion designers against French couturiers. The American’s came out on top and cemented American fashion as something for the French to contend with as well as a goldmine of money was raised to aid in the restoration of the famed french palace. Coping took this collection and paid homage to de la Renta’s classic style as well as taking inspiration from the Palace of Versailles and it’s most famous resident, Marie Antoinette. The collection was not costume like, as many collections that reference Marie Antoinette do. The subtle prints inspired by the fabrics and wallpapers of the Palace mixed with a lot of structure just showed us how now Marie Antoinette can be. One thing I love, but do not see as practical, are the statement necklaces that were tied together with large silk taffeta bows. Choosing my favorite piece from the collection was incredibly difficult but ultimately I chose to the gorgeous wine techno cotton cocktail dress with sequin embroidery on the bodice and straps. This look is so undeniably Oscar and you can see the Marie Antoinette which I would love to see Brie Larson wearing in the lead up to the Academy Awards. I am sure that there will be at least one of the stunning gowns from this collection out on the red carpet’s on Oscar night and I can not wait to see which one it will be and who will get the honor. Naomi Watts, Anna Wintour, Anna Kendrick, Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively, Karolina Kurkova, Dita Von Teese, Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Emmy Rossum, Beyonce, Camilla Belle, Elizabeth Banks, Odeya Rush, Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Biel, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, and Keri Russell are all people that came to mind when I watched this collection walk down the runway.
Make sure you check out all my favorite looks from the Fall 2016 RTW collections (and my immediate wishes) over on my Pinterest page.