First Look: Oscar de la Renta Resort ’16 Collection

It’s remarkable the how footwear tweaks can update an overall look. Peter Copping certainly made that case today when he showed his second full collection at Oscar de la Renta for resort ’16.

Culling latin house codes such as the flamenco frills, flora prints and caped, curvilinear flourishes the late Mr. de la Renta made his signatures, the new creative director combined the past with very present shoe statements. “We really wanted to explore a new sandal shape, which just felt so true to resort,” he told FN backstage of the thicker heel strappy mule styles, many of which combined collection materials and patterns with mix and clash aplomb.

On some styles, thin strapping extended from the back of the heel up to the ankle, creating a fluid line. “It’s a simple, fresh take on the strappy sandal,” said house VP of footwear design Daniel Lawler. “That was the starting point. It took on a life of it’s own. We also did a flat version, which are very popular for us.”

And as for the new chunkier, decidedly less dainty heels appeasing Oscar’s classicists? “It still suits us. I don’t think anyone would be afraid of it. It’s still sexy and pretty. The heavier heel is tempered with lighter straps,” he said. Case in point: the collection wrapped up with unabashedly beauteous sandals.

Clean and simple from straight on, their heels came covered in gold plating with a smattering of big bijoux. “We didn’t want it to be gaudy, it just picks up the accents of the dress and jewelry,” Lawler said of the memorable exit shoes.

Click through our slideshow below for all the images direct from the runway.

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