by Darrian Hopson
The pressure was on. Succeeding the late Oscar de la Renta, who passed away October 20th of last year, Peter Copping faced the challenge of creating a ready-to-wear Fall collection in memory of the Spanish designer. He did not disappoint.
Copping, with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Nina Ricci under his belt, has proven to be more than ready for the task at hand. The unorthodox, imperfection combined with the European elegance of his gowns of the past were sure to innovate the brand, creating opportunity for new and old designs. Handpicked by de la Renta himself to become the successor of the brand, they were to create alongside each other but never had the chance.
At New York Fashion Week, the Oxford-born designer paid homage to de la Renta, infusing the brands’ vintage essence with youthfulness. The models powered the runway in office-inspired clothing with an emphasis on layering. Thin, transparent blouses with fringe lining tucked into chic high-waisted skirts, some of which featured bold emblazoned patterns of black, white and red. Copping assuredly utilized atypical colors in the ball gowns and dresses, such as yellow, violet and Bordeaux. Minimalism takes shape in a large part of the collection, which tries not to do too much while still making a statement.
Subtly, he featured a renovated take on the classic fur coat of the 1960s, layering them over bold pigmented dresses. And, he didn’t stop there, lining the skirts with fur in funky patterns
The Brit displayed much gratitude toward the late designer, continuing his legacy through avant-garde themed gowns that completely took over the red carpet. Perhaps in celebration the passing of a legend, his gowns embellished with floral décor added an extra hint of elegance. Assumedly, hearts were heavy in remembrance of the loss of de la Renta. But as for his legacy hinging on the creativity of Copping, this collection signifies it is in good hands.