Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 80

STYLE Bazaar 24 hours with PETER COPPING The Oscar de la Renta designer’s life by the numbers antique porcelain plates images on Pinterest 7:30 A.M. I wake up early, even after a late night. I don’t like to lie around in bed, even on the weekends. My partner, Rambert (Rigaud), will still be asleep. He’s the opposite of me; he likes to go to bed early and get up late. We have two Siamese cats, Tino and Minnie, who came with us to New York from Paris, so normally they need a little bit of attention. It was the one thing that was stressing me about the move. New job, new city, leaving Paris after 20 years—all of that I could handle. But getting the cats over was stressful. They sleep on the bed among the pillows. 7:45 A.M. I don’t really eat breakfast, not during the week, in any case. I drink a chai tea called David Rio Tiger Spice. I discovered it at Dean & DeLuca, and it’s absolutely delicious. I mix it with a little milk to make it into a paste and then add hot water. I don’t know if that’s how you’re meant to do it, but it’s really good. While the kettle is boiling, I have a look online at Christie’s or the Daily Mail, which is one of my guilty pleasures. Rambert tends to like tea, so I’ll make it and take it up to him. 8:15 A.M. I jump in the shower. In Peter Copping Paris I used to take a bath every day, but in New York I’ll only occasionally take one on the weekend, even though I really like them. I use all the soaps from Santa Maria Novella—there’s a tobacco one I especially like. I put on a bit of Kiehl’s face cream and Comme des Garçons Avignon as an aftershave. I’m pretty loyal to it—it’s kind of like incense. Next, I get dressed. I don’t have a uniform; it’s literally about seeing what’s clean, and it’s definitely not set out the night before. I often think, “Do I have to go out straight from work afterward? Is there an event?” The great thing about New York is that anything goes. It’s really nice to know that I can turn up anywhere and not feel inappropriately dressed. I take an Álvaro González bag to work. He just started his own line, so he gave it to me, which was very generous. It’s functional and big, so it works well. 8:45 A.M. There are two drivers who work for Oscar de la Renta—they used to drive him. Their names are Thomas and Edward, and sometimes they tell me stories about Oscar. In the car, I check e-mails or make phone calls. I do like to call people. One of the slightly difficult things about being in New York is the time difference with Europe. Speaking with friends and family over there is kind of tricky. 9:00 A.M. The first thing I do when I get to work is look at my day with my personal assistant, Nadine. I always make myself some hot water with lemon.Then I’ll meet with the studio director, Jenna. Her role is a new one for the company, and is based on how a lot of European studios are structured. Jenna is responsible for the running and organisation of the studio, so we’ll have a chat about everything so she knows what’s important and what we should be doing. It really depends on the time of year how many meetings there are. For example, when we’re selecting fabrics, it can go on all day. We’re fortunate to have an in-house atelier, which is a real luxur y. 80 COURTESY OSCAR DE LA RENTA Siamese cats