Updated 04:32 PM EST, Thu, Dec 02, 2021

New York Fashion Week: Peter Copping Brings Hispanic Culture to Oscar de la Renta Show

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Peter Copping brought Hispanic themes to the Oscar de la Renta show at this year's New York Fashion Week.

Guests at the luxury brand's show were greeted by a single red carnation perched on their seats. Copping, who was presenting only his second collection since becoming the company's creative director last year, said that the flower goes well with the show's Hispanic theme, Fox News Latino reported.

"This is the flower that gets thrown to the bullfighters in the bullring," Copping added, as quoted by Fox News Latino.

The designer revealed that the Hispanic Society of America in Harlem, NY served as an inspiration for the show's theme. According to Copping, the paintings and textiles he viewed in the museum would have delighted de la Renta, who passed away in October 2014, the news outlet wrote.

Carnation prints in red and white are prominent in Copping's collection, as well as the colors ruby, black, saffron, sea foam, and bottle green, Fox News Latino listed. Serving as the newcomer in the house is the Spanish espadrille, which Copping paired with intricate dresses.

"I thought that would give the whole collection a different twist, just to have the espadrille, which is THE Spanish shoe," Copping explained, as quoted by Fox News Latino. "I just thought it would be younger and fresher." He added that Hispanic culture was "obviously something that was very close to Oscar's heart, and I just really wanted to think about things that Oscar was passionate about," the news outlet continued.

According to the New York Post, there wasn't a single pair of pants in Copping's fall runway collection, which included a black and gold brocade cocktail dress worn by actress Amanda Seyfried at June's Tony Awards, and an embroidered blue faille strapless gown that model Karlie Kloss donned at the Cannes Film Festival.

"I wanted the clothes to seem light and airy, even when they're for winter," Copping said, as quoted by the New York Post. Before Oscar de la Renta, Copping worked at other famed fashion brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Sonia Rykiel, and Nina Ricci. He also had a stint in Paris for Christian Lacroix, Fox News Latino added.

De la Renta intended for Copping to be his successor and to work side-by-side with the latter. Unfortunately, that plan didn't come to fruition when de la Renta unexpectedly passed away, the news outlet wrote.

"I've always designed very sophisticated, quite refined clothes. Having worked in Paris for over 20 years, I was bringing a lot of experience with me," Copping noted, as quoted by the New York Post. "I think he knew that [the collection] would be in safe hands."

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