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Copping: Joining Oscar de la Renta was hard

Copping: Joining Oscar de la Renta was hard

Peter Copping found it difficult to enter a “house in mourning” when joining Oscar de la Renta.

The British designer was appointed as creative director of the fashion house in October last year. But just seven days later, the 82-year-old passed away from complications with cancer.

“It was a very difficult moment for the house," Peter confessed to British newspaper The Independent. "It was a house in mourning and, even if Oscar had been ill for a number of years and people realised this was coming, it certainly came a little more suddenly than expected... I think it was hard for people in that house to see someone come in and sit in Oscar's office."

Despite everyone’s grief, Peter was able to pull the team together and show his debut collection in February this year. Now he’s gearing up for his sophomore catwalk show which debut at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday.

“I do think there's something to be said for being British and that spirit of getting on with things," he continued.

Oscar left Peter with an impressive legacy, having dressed some of the world’s most famous women and receiving much acclaim for his designs. However Peter has relished the challenge of following his lead, and has high hopes for the future.

“That's something that is challenging, but exciting at the same time," he added. "I think it's great that I'm not having to revive a broken house or anything like that, it's doing good business at the moment. I do feel like I want to stay loyal to what the house is known for – but we do have to find new territories and new ways to attract new women. And that's not going to be done in five minutes."

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