Oscar De La Renta New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

In 1973, Oscar de la Renta was one of five American designers to go up against their Parisian counterparts at the Battle of Versailles. Princess Grace was in the audience, and so was Andy Warhol. The legendary event is remembered as a turning point in fashion. The Americans had barely any money, but they had chutzpah, and by dint of will (and a fabulous cast of African-American models) they stole the show. “It was about modernity and the minimalism of American sportswear versus French tradition,” said Peter Copping at a showroom preview today. The designer, who arrived at De la Renta a little over a year ago, has made a deep study of the house founder’s archives and history. You could say that modernity and tradition are the driving forces of his work for the labe

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