It’s happening again, and there’s apparently no way to stop it. British fashion designer Peter Copping exists Oscar de la Renta as the house’s creative director after less than two years at the label’s studios in New York. Handpicked by de la Renta himself and appointed as the label’s creative director in 2014, after the iconic designer’s death, Copping is reportedly stepping down from his acclaimed position due to personal reasons.
“After almost two years at Oscar de la Renta, personal circumstances require me to return to Europe. I have loved my time in New York where I hope to return at some point in the future,” declared Peter Copping in an official (and unexpected) statement shared with the press on Wednesday, letting the gossip train run so fast that Oscar de la Renta’s CEO, Alex Bolen, released his own comments regarding the situation.
“We have always been in the business of creating beautiful clothes, and two of our greatest assets are our design studio and atelier. Our team will continue to work on next season’s collection with a keen focus on the level of sophistication and craftsmanship that are the hallmarks of the house. We wish Peter well in his future endeavors,” Bolen stated.
Although definitely one of the most skilled designers in the industry, with a strong expertise under his belt acquired while working at Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, Peter Copping struggled with mixed critics throughout these two long years at Oscar de la Renta, especially when it came to revamping the Maison’s style.
Oscar de la Renta has an enthusiastic, traditional clientele that had a few issues in trying to embrace Copping’s younger and fresher touch to the collections, the styles of which, needless to say, turned out to be always extremely refined and elegant anyways. Was Copping’s approach to fashion too hard to handle for such a traditional, family-run fashion house?
A few other sources are already giving their opinions regarding the departure, and the rumors will probably never stop spreading around until Oscar de la Renta’s headquarters appoint another creative director. As reported by WWD, one familiar source said “the collection was challenged commercially and had failed to gain traction at retail,” which could as a matter of fact result in a major decrease in sales for sure.
With no successor named, Oscar de la Renta’s spring 2017 line-up is going to be entirely designed by the in-house team, like it was in Dior’s case. Copping’s departure is, in fact, ‘just’ one of the many the fashion industry has been shaken up by in the last few months, and which include Dior, Lanvin, Valentino and Saint Laurent just to name a few. Who’s next?
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