An evening at Oscar de la Renta

When the great Oscar de la Renta sadly passed away in October last year, the entire fashion community and those who adored his work went into mourning. 

Oscar enjoyed a long career in fashion, beginning in Madrid where he was enlisted by Cristobel Balenciaga to sketch for him, before moving to Paris to work at Lanvin. His talent didn’t go unnoticed for long and whilst in Paris he was asked to design a haute couture collection for  Pierre Balmain. His next move was to New York in the early sixties, which is where his very own label was born. 

Since the very beginning, the Oscar de la Renta brand has been the epitome of elegance, reflecting Oscar’s Latin heritage and passion for making women feel feminine and beautiful. 

Shortly before Oscar’s passing, Peter Copping was chosen by Mr. de la Renta himself to take over as Creative Director. 

I was kindly invited along to a gathering at the brand’s store on Mount Street to welcome Peter Copping to London and introduce his first resort collection as creative director.

My plus one for the evening was my fabulous friend Jenie, and we began our evening at The Connaught hotel bar, a stones throw from the store. I asked for something fruity and vodka based, and this delicious beauty was placed in front of me! 

I wore my favourite dress from last year’s highly anticipated Kate Moss for Topshop collection. I like to call this my “all occasions” dress, as I can wear it to any event, whether it’s a casual lunch or a fancy dinner. I paired it with simple black heeled sandals, my Zara coat thrown over my shoulders and a fringed clutch. 

We left The Connault and moments later arrived at the doors of Oscar de la Renta. After checking our names off the list, we were invited inside and presented with a glass of champagne. 

Even the store itself is elegant, and had a very Parisian vibe with a beautiful cast iron staircase and French vintage style wallpaper lined the walls. 

Models began walking down the winding staircase dressed head to toe in Oscar de la Renta resort 2016. 

The dresses were simply breathtaking, and it soon became clear that Peter Copping has captured Oscar de la Renta’s vision impeccably. 

We made our way downstairs to admire the recent collections. 

One particular dress caught my eye. 

It was the most beautiful little white dress I’ve ever seen. The dress was designed with the most luxurious structured fabric and featured subtle beading throughout. A ladylike, elegant dress that would be a dream come true to have hanging in my wardrobe!

Whilst browsing through the rails, I fell in love with some gorgeous workwear pieces. I took some photos of a few of my favourites for inspiration. There is no shock that all of my favourite pieces are black and white!

The shift dress, a staple item in every work wardrobe!

We were also able to see the entire Resort 2016 collection up close. There are no words to describe how incredible these dresses are, and seeing them up close makes you realise how much work goes into designing and making these works of art. 

As you can see from our smiles, we were in heaven!

Having explored the bottom floor, we headed upstairs to see what other gems we could find. Upstairs held the most fabulous shoe collection, ready to wear collection, jewellery and homeware. 

I spotted from across the room a striking black silk cocktail dress, featuring the most beautiful gold elephant embroidery. It’s a dress so unique, that it’ll have people constantly asking “where on earth is your dress from?” 

I almost let out a Carrie Bradshaw scream when I turned the corner and spotted the gowns from the Resort 2015 collection.

When I saw the floral dress below (far right), with the baby pink bow that elegantly drapes down the back, I instantly remembered where I’d seen it before. Carrie Bradshaw wore it for one of the looks in the December 2014 issue of Bazaar Arabia. I told the shop assistants, and they told me I was wrong. I’m stubborn when I know I’m right, so I found the photographs online and proved them wrong! They couldn’t believe they hadn’t seen it before. How could I forget such a beautiful dress? 

If there was one dress that represents the Oscar de la Renta brand, it would be this dress. Feminine, elegant and glamorous.

We then moved onto the homeware section. I once read that De la Renta himself was renowned for his dinner parties and was always the most exquisite host. Oscar and his first wife Francoise were once described as the Social Lions of New York, regularly serving the best food at their home and creating an experience for their guests when it came to the decor.

Looking at the dinner table below, I could imagine Oscar and his friends seated around in his home, sharing stories over incredible food and wine.

After we finished exploring the top floor, we made our way downstairs for one last look around.

Anna Wintour once said “his designs reflected his extraordinary personality: optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic.” 

Oscar’s personality certainty shines through every aspect of the brand, from the clothing and accessories collections, to the homeware. Peter Copping has captured Oscar’s vision perfectly through his first collections as creative director. Congratulations!

The future looks bright for the Oscar de la Renta brand!