Peter Copping made his now-annual 24-hour sojourn to Los Angeles on Tuesday for The Colleagues and Oscar de la Renta’s Annual Spring Luncheon, which featured a combined pre-fall and fall runway show. The house normally only does an in-house presentation for pre-fall, so honoree Roma Downey and emcee Kate Flannery and the Ladies Who Lunch got a treat for dessert.
Beforehand, Copping addressed the see-now-buy-now runway issue. “All of these are interesting things to debate, but it has to be right for the house. It’s a difficult thing to put into work logistically, and probably far easier for the really big structures like fast fashion or companies with a huge network of stores, which is why I guess Burberry were interested in doing it.” That said, he noted that showing his clothes in Los Angeles “is a very good place for the brand because we have a strong client base here and there’s also a lot of new women who could become interested.” He also cited the celebrity factor, saying, “It’s important to have good relationships with those stylists because when they pick something from ours and it’s on the right woman, that can make a lot of impact. [That actresses also live in L.A.] make it feel realistic.”
While Boaz Mazor stayed on for trunk shows at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and the Melrose Place boutique, Copping and Eliza Reed Bolen were back on planes to New York a few hours after the event to ready for the resort presentation on May 19 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Ball on Monday, where he said, “It will be interesting to see how people dress for this one because last year some people went a little bit too far, so I don’t know if they will rein it in a little or they will go even further. It’s an interesting subject for an exhibition. It will be interesting to see how that gets interpreted.”
While he wouldn’t divulge who is guest would be, he said of the spectacle, “It compares to the Oscars for fashion, it’s that sort of scale it seems. Or maybe the grass is greener. Or we should say, the red carpet’s redder.”