The rumors were true — Peter Copping, who quietly left his post at Nina Ricci earlier this month, will officially be taking over at Oscar de la Renta, WWD reports. Copping begins November 3, and his first collection will be unveiled in February, for fall 2015. He will report directly to de la Renta and to CEO Alex Bolen. Copping had been at Nina Ricci since 2009; Guillaume Henry is taking over his spot there.
Said de La Renta, “I’m very happy Peter has agreed to join us. He is a great talent and along with our shared design sensibilities, we both have a deep curiosity about the wider world, from music and art to architecture and gardens. Our industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can ensure the right design future for our company and brand.”
Copping, who is moving Stateside to pursue the position, added, “After a career of 20 years in Paris, this is an important next step for me. Oscar de la Renta has defined American elegance for generations of women, and the opportunity to work with him and help ensure the future of the brand is very exciting.” Sounds like a match made in heaven. Read more about Copping and his backstory here.