Oscar de la Renta has confirmed that he has appointed Peter Copping as creative director. The news comes after weeks of speculation that Copping would assume the role, following confirmation of his exit from Nina Ricci, where he has held the position of artistic director for five years.
It marks the first time that De la Renta has brought somebody on board in this capacity, in a move that the veteran designer hopes will help him achieve longevity for his brand through his own vision.
"Our industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership," he told WWD. "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… I'm very happy that 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."
While Copping will oversee all categories, he will continue to report directly to De la Renta who will remain actively involved in the brand's design aesthetic and CEO Alex Bolen when he starts on November 3. His first collection will be unveiled at the fashion house's autumn/winter 2015 show in New York next February.
"After a career of 20 years in Paris, this is an important next step for me," said Copping of the move. "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."