When a relatively new creative director has very large, very legendary shoes to fill, it usually takes them a while to find their groove. But seeing that Peter Copping was handpicked by the late, wonderful Oscar de la Renta himself as the heir apparent to the throne, it’s not all that much of a surprise that he stepped into them seemingly effortlessly. For his third collection for the famed fashion house, Copping selected a new location: the Prince George Ballroom. He’s creating his own stories, and this season, he’s also reference 1973’s famed Battle of Versailles. Peter is equally dedicated to paying homage to the original designer’s core vision, and Oscar's personal touches were everywhere, in the decadent crystal-embroidery embellishments, sparkling sequin bodices, splashes of opulent floral patterns, and delicate A-line lace-guipere skirts, to name a few.
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Had you told me in 2006, back when I had first started attending shows in Bryant Park, that I would one day kick off New York Fashion Week with a show by a young Taiwanese designer perhaps best known for dressing chic First Ladies, end the day with a Puma show dreamed up by a rebellious pop star named Rihanna, and covet both collections equally, I would have called you crazy. But so my first (bitterly cold) day of the Autumn/Winter 2016 shows began, and that’s precisely what happened.
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