COPPING OUT: Peter Copping touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a Nina Ricci trunk show at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, followed by a 64-person dinner and fashion presentation at Palihouse, where he was seated next to Amanda Peet, who practically burst into tears of joy when each of the 20 spring looks came down the informal runway. “It’s so me,” she gasped. “Parisian style is an inspiration for women around the world,” said Copping earlier while greeting guests Larissa Sabadash and Arianne Philips. “Women here are very into clothes and appreciate the details both inside and out. These are tough times but from what I’ve gleaned the luxury bubble is still intact.”
In terms of growing the brand’s business, Copping pointed to the 10-piece lower-priced capsule collection he designed for 38 of Neiman’s stores (the main line sells in 10 stores). He also has high hopes for Nina Ricci’s licensed lingerie line, much of which was inspired by the spring 2012 collection, and is still toying with the idea of a bridal capsule collection. Ditto with the idea of couture line. “There are so few designers doing it you almost have a captive audience.”
On Wednesday Copping flew to San Francisco for the first time to check out the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show followed by a trunk show Thursday at Neiman’s Union Square store and a dinner at Spruce Restaurant with top Nina Ricci customers Vanessa Getty, Christine Suppes, Gina Peterson, Jane Mudge and Karen Caldwell. He’ll then fly to New York to shoot his third ad campaign with Ines Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin before heading to Tokyo for Vogue’s belated Fashion’s Night Out event on November 5.