When designer Peter Copping was hand-picked by the late and great Oscar de la Renta to take the helm as creative director, his first fall/winter 2015 ready-to-wear collection became the most anticipated of New York Fashion Week. And the same can be said about his debut bridal collection for the brand—or ever, for that matter.
But Copping's two new collections share a lot more than the thrill of anticipation. His bridal collection boast strikingly similar characteristics that were unique to his fall collection, like the angular sculpted sweetheart necklines, textural columns of organza strips, and touches of colors, which were, for the most part, intentional. "Bridal is something that felt quite natural for me," he tells InStyle on designing the wedding dress collection. "And the fall collection was a good starting point to reinterpret for bridal. I think it was interesting to have that carry over, because that's what's going to give consistency with what I do here—bridal encompasses a different message, but it shouldn't feel that different from ready-to-wear."
And like his ready-to-wear, which ranged from polite daytime sets to extravagant gowns, his 26-piece bridal collection has something for every kind of bride, for every kind of occasion, from corded macrame lace dresses for shoreside weddings to short floral-embroidered cocktail dresses for rehearsal dinners to frothy tulle princess-style ball gowns for the traditional. But all of that was almost upstaged by the flower girls dressed in sweet broderie anglaise and Swiss guipure lace frocks, who walked hand in hand down the runway and elicited Insta-snaps, smiles, and "awws" along the way.
Despite tackling his biggest obstacle, which was turning around a full line-up in six weeks, Copping confesses that it was "really nice not having to deal with color in a big way. It came down to white or ivory, so that took a lot of the challenges away." Even so, he sprinkled in a few hints of color, like a raspberry silk satin belt here or a pale blue ribbon there.
All in all, he says it all boiled down to creating "beautiful dresses that are romantic and desirable." Mission accomplished.