The Ladies Who Lunch were back at it again on Tuesday, this time gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street for New York Presbyterian hospital’s annual Lying-In spring luncheon, underwritten by Oscar de la Renta.
“We do this every year, and it supports our department of gynecology and obstetrics,” said Dr. Frank Chervenak, the gynecologist-in-chief at New York Presbyterian. “I’m the one who has to balance the books, so this supports a multitude of research, education and care. We do everything to put women first, we have quality, safety and comfort.”
After salmon and risotto, the ladies were treated to a full runway show featuring a mix of Oscar’s fall and pre-fall collections. Peter Copping sat and watched with his table mates, who offered up their impressions of his work as it came down the runway, and clapped intermittently when a look they particularly liked walked past. “Now that really is beautiful,” a skirt-suit-clad guest turned in her seat to assure Copping, in case he was questioning his work (though it didn’t seem like it).
“I think what’s nice about this event is it’s a very mixed crowd,” Copping said, after giving air kisses to Nicky Hilton and his neighbor at lunch, Princess Beatrice of York. “It was a combination of both pre-fall and the fall collection, and if you consider that pre-fall has shipped to the stores already, women can come and see things and then can buy it straight away. So I think it very much answers those needs of the big [buy-now-wear-now] debate.”
Copping still seems to consider himself a bit of a newcomer to New York, having been at the helm of Oscar de la Renta since the fall 2015 collection. “Obviously there’s a very important heritage of doing the trunk shows,” he continued. “The more that I can get out and meet women and see what they’re wearing — it’s just a big learning curve.”