How does one follow up the icon of Oscar De La Renta? Become the new “Sultan of Suave”?
Hand picked successor by Oscar De La Renta himself, Peter Copping debuted his first collection as Creative Director last night, after only 3 months production time.
The pressure, the expectation, and the pure curiosity made this the most anticipated show of NYFW – and by all means Copping delivered. A stream of classic “Oscar elegance” ran through the collection, keeping the brand’s identity of regal femininity that looks just as stunning on a street-style blogger as it does on the First Lady.
For that, we have Boaz Mazor (longtime Sales Director), Team Member Carolyne Roehm, and Alex White (Stylist who Copping worked with in his 5 years at Nina Ricci) to thank. In typed notes left on every seat at the show, he insisted the collection was a team effort, providing the necessary support and continuity the brand needed in such an important time. Copping still managed to inject his personal flair with a principle color palette of red, black and white in billowing blouses, A-line skirts and structured coats. As the show progressed, the looks became more formal and gradually unique – increasing embellishment details, unique textures and cuts.
By the final few looks, we had graduated to the type of gowns De La Renta is famous for, with innovative horizontal striping using taffeta, silk chiffon and glistening brocade. The iconic floral motif was reimagined into sequins, monochromatic print and lace. But the biggest stars of the show were the final silk dresses in rich jewel tones – sewn with the most elegant of drapery folds, receiving unparalleled praise by social media savvy FROWers.
Watch the show HERE.
– Abigail Donaldson, Managing Editor