For his Oscar de la Renta fall 2016 bridal collection, fashion designer Peter Copping focused on embellishments and fabrics, creating a collection of more than 20 dresses that reminds of a bouquet of white roses. This is Copping’s second bridal line for the house ever since her was appointed Oscar de la Renta’s creative director in 2014. Oscar de la Renta himself, referring to Copping, said that he was very pleased to give the direction of his renowned fashion house to a man who shared his same curiosity about nature, music, architecture and art.
British-born Copping has spent the past twenty years cutting his teeth in Paris, working at Louis Vuitton, Sonia Rykiel and Christian Lacroix. Some of you may remember his work as Nina Ricci’s creative director. His designs are extremely sweet and ethereal, and his first Oscar de la Renta’s contribution was for the brand’s fall 2015 collection. Since then, it has been clear that Copping’s intention is not to revive an old fashion house (which to be honest has nothing that needs to be revived), but to expand its target market, modernizing the brand while maintaining its aesthetics.
Copping’s intentions appear to be stronger than ever in this latest bridal collection, wherein his amazing tailoring skills along with his creativity go hand in hand with Oscar de la Renta’s main fashion choices. Majestic and elegant, Copping’s bridal gowns resemble Oscar’s evening and cocktail dresses, which have always been famous for being breathtakingly sophisticated. At the same time, we can definitely spot Copping’s interest in pure feminine lines, modern cuts and ethereal embellishments.
The Oscar de la Renta fall 2016 bridal line starts with tight-fitting dresses with the gowns gradually getting bigger and fuller as we approach the end of the collection. This harmonious continuum of gown sizes reaches its peak at the very end of the line-up, with an amazing cloud-like gown meticulously adorned with lace embroideries and layers is shown (those who are looking for a mermaid dress should definitely look for one of Copping’s dresses!).
While most of the previous bridal collections of de la Renta played with colors, Copping opted for a total white collection (the black ribbon tie being an exception), reaffirming once again his passion for classical feminine styles and traditions. At the same time, while most of the designers opted for deep-V necklines this fall, Copping made it clear that his brides-to-be will wear sweetheart necklines, at times complemented with intricate lace embroideries.
One of the very few trends Copping chose to follow is the usage of rosette appliqués, which according to his vision are way smaller and almost imperceptible. Such rosettes have been also applied on the bridal veil in the form of elegant swirls, which actually make the bride look like a fairy princess. Lace bustiers and capes keep the attention focused on the bride’s top part of the body, giving the less voluminous dresses more balance.
Intricate floral embroideries made of delicate lace fabrics create an illusion that the Oscar de la Renta fall 2016 bridal collection has been made for magical creatures that love to show their femininity and are looking for a dreamy, princess-worthy wedding.
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