It was an honor to attend the Oscar De La Renta show yesterday evening. While it was a new and emotional experience to watch Oscar's show and not walk it for the first time since I was 16, I couldn't help but feel like he was right there in the room. Peter's collection was stunning and a true celebration of Oscar's beautiful legacy. He is truly missed. ❤️
There were many similarities between last night's Oscar De La Renta show and those of seasons past. It took place at the same time, in the same studio showroom. The crowd hushed in the same expectant way. And, the looks transitioned from cropped bolero-and-skirt sets to voluminous gowns, as ladylike and sophisticated as we'd hope at every turn. What stood out were the two biggest differences between this show and those that came before. Most obviously, Peter Copping has officially taken over at the brand's helm, having been named Oscar's successor by the designer himself just days before his passing. (For the record: With this deilvery, Copping's proven beyond capable of handling the colorful gowns, glitzy accessories, and Fifth Avenue silhouettes that will make his reign at OdlR appeal to brand loyalists and new customers alike). More subtly, though, was that Karlie Kloss, one of Oscar's (and America's) favorite models watched the show from the sidelines, where she sat with BFF Taylor Swift, instead of walking it. The supermodel posted an Instagram with an emotionally charged caption about her time walking the show since she was just 16. We can't imagine how strange it must be to see something you know so intimately from the inside as an outsider. What we can imagine is that if she were in the show, she would have been outfitted in the final look — an '80s color-blocked cocktail dress with elbow-length gloves. Instead, we're sure Karlie was proud of Kendall Jenner who could very well be picking up the proverbial OdlR batton where Karlie left it. For all things Fashion Week around the world — including street style snaps, designer news, and the trends you'd actually wear — head over to Refinery29's Fashion Month hub.