January 07, 2013 New York
Copping used a wool plaid, for example, for everything from a draped, strapless shift to a traditional men's coat dressed up with a flocked velvet lapel. Outwear was an emphasis, as were separates. "Are we ready to see a camel coat again?" he asked, describing a narrowly tailored number in stretch jersey. Yes, in fact, we are. Clever knitwear (in this case, a trompe l'oeil twinset that was really just one sweater) still comes easier to him than, say, hip-slung trousers. But he's certainly no slouch in the skirtsuit department, showing a "tweed look" version in silk cloque shot through with a bouclé thread, and another in ivory stretch wool. And, of course, when it comes to eveningwear, he's in his element. A light blue silk 1930s dress with flocked floral cutouts would make an unlikely but inspired choice at the awards shows later this month.