In October, Peter Copping went from quietly turning out pitch-perfect, feminine collections at Nina Ricci to being the designer du jour overnight when he was named the successor to the Oscar de la Renta empire shortly before the beloved designer passed away at the age of 82. Although Copping never got the chance to work with de la Renta, the two could be described as twin souls when it came to design philosophies. Both exalted the female form and both innately understood how to make a woman look and feel her most beautiful. It was an emotional debut show for Copping at New York Fashion Week, with de la Renta’s widow Annette sitting front row to witness the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Copping’s respectful, stunning presentation celebrated the spirit of de la Renta and all that he stood for, and those who saw it agreed that it was a smashing success.
De la Renta loved extravagant touches, and Copping offered plenty of swanky details to entice patrons of the brand. The show launched with daywear looks that belong in the closets of the well-heeled and monied. There were wool coat-dresses with sparkly pockets, georgette blouses paired with chevron-patterned skirts, streamlined looks upholstered with fur, textured fur bombers and coats in a rich crimson shade, ruffled blouses, printed frocks – and the list goes on. In beautifully tailored silhouettes, the models looked like the wealthy heiresses that will most likely end up purchasing this collection. Jewel-toned separates proffered amazing color combinations, especially in the case of a silk fuchsia dress paired with a sleek orange fur coat. From daywear, the collection entered the cocktail-party realm with glittering mini dresses bearing bustier bodices and teacup skirts covered in crinoline appliqués and layered ruffles. Mature dresses were given a longer hemline and ample skirts, and eveningwear contained an impressive and gorgeous range of gowns that expressed artful touches of lace, metallic foil brocade, chiffon ruffles, and jet-black crystal appliqués. Although de la Renta is no longer with us, his spirit is alive and well on the runway.
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