Peter Copping announced today that he will be stepping down from his role as Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta. Copping, who was chosen as the successor to Mr. de la Renta by the late designer himself, has been overseeing the design of the brand’s ready-to-wear and bridal collections since soon after the designer’s death, premiering his first collection for the label last February.
Copping noted in his departing statement that his plans to leave New York are entirely personal: “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.”
While many designers have shifted roles and houses in the past few seasons, this under two-year switch-up is by far the most fast-paced in the industry’s game of musical chairs. Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen confirmed the news of Copping’s departure today, confidently citing his optimism for the future of the brand. “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.”
No successor for Copping has been announced as of yet.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US