His Way With a Flou

Sunday, March 1, 2015

From this New York Times article, I learned a new word that I adore: flou. It means hazy, blowzy, and vaporific in French, but in the context of Peter Copping's debut at Oscar de la Renta this season, it means "party dress." 

There is something very special about a great little flou. Embroidered with evening memories and crafted from fancy material, a party dress in its simplest nature makes a woman feel her very best: beautiful, confident, full of life. Though I'll probably never afford an Oscar de la Renta, nor go to an event swanky enough to wear one, I appreciate the beauty and classic silhouette synonymous with with the de la Renta brand. 

Copping, who was appointed as Chief Creative Director a few short days before de la Renta passed away last October, made his debut a few weeks ago on the iconic runway. Keeping in line with the classic styling of the brand, Copping's collection is stunning. He achieves the fine line between honoring the late de la Renta's memory, but also incorporating fresh, personalized details like new necklines, sheer lace bodices and youthful jewel-toned gowns. 

I drew a few of my favorite looks from the show, including a bright rosette-sewn strapless party dress. Such a simple, fan-favorite silhouette, with the rich swirls of pinks and reds guiding the eye around the folds of fabric, makes for a perfect dress. The numerous day looks are also expertly styled, in the juxtaposition of serious pattern mixing for fall. Finally, the column dresses are really stunning and unexpected at a designer's show known for his voluminous gowns. I particularly admire the black dress with bright blooms and chalk white embroidered vines.

To learn more about the life and legacy of Oscar de la Renta, check out Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style, on view at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, now until May 3, 2015. 

{currently listening to}

but like the sun lights up the sky with a message from above /
oh, yeah, i find no other greater symbol of this love /

Original drawing ©Anna Elizabeth 2015
Images from Style.com

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