It's almost two years since Oscar de la Renta sadly passed and Creative Director Peter Copping took the helm of the favourite label of the ladies who lunch.
Copping has successfully retained the essence of the upmarket label whilst injecting a more youthful, European vibe which naturally trickles through to bridal. His first full stand-alone bridal collection happened during the April market in NY, with a number of additions this season.
We ditched the trainers and donned the heels to visit the chic showroom on 42nd and 5th for a sneak preview of what's to come for Fall 2016 - trust me, there's nothing like getting up-close and personal to an Oscar de la Renta wedding dress to make you feel like a real Park Avenue princess. The Oscar bride is confident in her look but never showy, and the dresses just work. Classic silhouttes in beautiful fabrics are given just enough of a fashion edge with clever detailing such as black velvet and blue grosgrain bows, teeny pink and green 3D flowers for a little pop of colour that makes them stand out in the style stakes.
Separates are what's new, and with the ceremony to reception aesthetic so prevalent in bridal right now, mixing and matching is key. A matador-style bell-sleeved lace capelet or satin bow-back lace t-shirt bring a new look entirely to a strapless textured silk sheath, similarly a gorgeous cloche skirted Mikado ball gown becomes demure but dramatic with a racer neck frill-edged lace top underneath and a beautifully simple slim Mikado dress gets frivolous and fun with a tulle rosette overskirt.
Other single standout pieces from the new collection include the gorgeous (and rather surprisingly sexy) strappy lace corset gown softened with organza petals on the bust and the oh-so-Oscar fitted Mikado sheath with floral bustier and box pleated trumpet hem.