Peter Copping exits Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton denies Ghesquière departure

News of creative directors leaving and rumoured to be leaving is punctuating the high-end fashion news. Firstly, Oscar de la Renta’s creative director Peter Copping surprisingly exited the label yesterday, just short of his second anniversary there.

That was followed by a strong denial from Louis Vuitton that Nicolas Ghesquière will step down from his post as creative director after just three years. The news was initially believed by many, given that no less than three sources with knowledge of the matter had confirmed it to Reuters.

However, Business of Fashion reported later: “Louis Vuitton has categorically denied the report that it is considering a change of creative director.” End of story?

So it was left to Copping’s departure to take centre stage, although reasons were thin on the ground. A statement by the designer Wednesday night read: “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.”

CEO Alex Bolen also said in an official statement: “We have always been in the business of creating 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 our house. We wish Peter well in his future endeavours.”

Copping was the first designer to take over the helm following the October 2014 death of de la Renta. He previously worked at Nina Ricci for five years as artistic director. Prior to that, he was 12 years at Louis Vuitton as studio director under Marc Jacobs.

Commenting on the current luxury fashion shifts, WGSN’s Lizzy Bowring, Head of Catwalks said:

“The ongoing uncertainty in the fashion world (and certainly that within influential brands) sees another shift at Oscar de la Renta. Not withstanding, Peter Copping is a rare talent but perhaps his ideas were not in keeping with the legacy of a brand who is searching for a Creative Director that will fill the shoes of the irreplaceable Oscar. Either way, both Peter and the House of de la Renta will find their comfort zone.”

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