Peter Copping had an extremely tough task at hand in creating the Oscar de la Renta Fall/Winter 2015 Collection. After De la Renta’s death last October, his newly appointed counterpart became his successor. Copping only had three months to create a collection that was fresh and modern, but still maintained the signature Oscar de la Renta elegance that made the late designer so iconic and admired. Copping’s first line as De la Renta’s successor was a triumph as he showed off his smart sense of color and very feminine approach to clothing. Many of the opening looks of the collection were luxurious but casual, and can easily be emulated on a college student’s budget.
This Oscar de la Renta look is very easy to put together, because most college students already have a black knee-length skirt and a black top with a high neckline to form the base of the outfit. This jersey skater skirt from ASOS ($26) and Forever 21’s Easy MockTurtleneck Top ($7.80) both mirror the runway look, but you can find similar styles of both pieces at almost any retailer. Wear a thick black belt around your waist, like ASOS’s Loop Detail Waist Belt ($23) to add more structure to the look.
As spring (hopefully) approaches, retailers are not selling as much outerwear as they did when the winter season began. Still, H&M sells a short red quilted jacket ($9.95) that can add color to this outfit. Tuck in a silk scarf, like H&M’s Patterned Scarf ($9.95), to add that feminine detail that Peter Copping often liked to incorporate into his collection. Finally, pair the look with black T-strap heels, like the Jenna Patent T-Bar Mid-Heel Shoes from Topshop ($75).
Pull your hair back into a tight bun and apply a simple winged eyeliner to complete this look from Oscar de la Renta’s newest collection.
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