When was the last time you saw a French twist on a girl and thought, “How modern! So chic!” The phrase has images of business women of the ’90s in pinstriped skirt suits bouncing through my head. But then, with his debut collection at Oscar de la Renta, Peter Copping changed all that.
A French twist is exactly what hair stylist Guido Palau fashioned for the models in the fall 2015 collection show. Tight to the head with slight volume at the crown, the look ended up feeling easier and younger than expected. Simple, out of the way. Better than a messy bun.
The hair contrasted nicely with the makeup by Diane Kendal — a black, thick, exaggerated cat eye. Together with the hair, models like Kendall Jenner, Anna Ewers, Binx Walton, Caroline Trentini, Fei Fei Sun, Kati Nescher, Lindsey Wixson — it was a star model studded show — looked youthful, fun, and poised.
Copping’s debut was one everyone was watching — from the new guard seated on one side of the aisle, like Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift, to the OG socialites on the other, think Barbara Walters and Oscar’s widow Annette de la Renta. Copping, who came to the Oscar’s house from Nina Ricci, found a familiar face in stylist Alex White, who has styled Oscar de la Renta and also worked with Copping on styling his collections at Nina Ricci. White styled Copping’s debut for Oscar de la Renta as well.
The collection was beautiful — true to Oscar without bending too far into the category of straight tribute. It also felt like Copping, whose designs for Nina Ricci were feminine and pretty, just like Oscar’s. This collection felt tinged with a European air — there was more youth and sex than in a typical ODLR collection. The sheer lace panels did that. But you’ll find no complaints here. It’s a beautiful start.
All photos courtesy of Oscar de la Renta