The late designer Oscar de la Renta maintained a special relationship with local non-profit organization The Colleagues over the years. Often he would preview his latest collection for them in an elaborate runway show at the group’s annual fundraiser in Beverly Hills that seeks to raise funds to combat child abuse and neglect. With the beloved designer’s passing in October of last year, his hand-picked successor Peter Copping made the trek from New York to Los Angeles to join former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager yesterday at The Colleagues Spring luncheon (the Bush gals were the day’s honorees). I caught up with Copping before he headed into the Beverly Wilshire’s ballroom to meet hundreds of his potential customers.
Are you ready for The Colleagues?
February was my first show. I am ready. I had an induction last night because I had a very nice dinner with Ginny (Colleague) and David Sydorick. So that was very pleasant, and that was when they told me a lot more about The Colleagues and what it means and what it stands for. It’s very exciting.
Are you often in L.A.?
I know L.A. quite well. I probably came here for the first time twenty years ago, and I must have been maybe 20 times in total. I think the L.A. woman is very much defined by the climate, and I think that allows her to dress in a very certain way. So I think it’s very feel-good, there’s print, there’s color.
Has it been a whirlwind since you took the helm?
It’s exciting, a big challenge, a lot of work. But I’m enjoying myself. I’m working on summer and resort now. And that’s something that is really going to be appropriate for the Los Angeles market, I think. There’s a lot of color, we have a lot of nice prints.