Is Peter Copping – copping out?
The creative director of Oscar de la Renta has decided to, quite abruptly, leave the fashion house. In a statement released late last night, Copping said, “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.”
The reps at Oscar de la Renta are backing the ominous and purposely vague statement with a few politically correct statements of their own.
Chief executive officer, Alex Bolen, said in a statement, “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 our house. We wish Peter well in his future endeavors.”
Obviously, we want to know why. After mapping Maria Chiuri’s exit from Valentino for months, we’re keen to believe these exits are more than a two weeks notice. So, could it be that there’s a familial emergency? Or, perhaps, does it have to do with Copping’s recent runway flops for the fashion house?
Copping was, in fact, the first designer to take over the atelier following the death of de la Renta in October of 2014. He has produced three collections since his inauguration, which was supposed to be a more cohesive process with de la Renta as a watchful aide throughout the process.
However, Bolen noted, that although Copping was not able to complete his first season alongside de la Renta, the fashion house was confident in his skills. After all, Copping closely worked with a number of de la Renta’s fabric mills, embroiderers and knit factories. Vogue.com reports that even before Copping was tapped for the gig, he said of Oscar, “We shared a lot of common territory,” continuing, “The sort of woman we appreciate, and going beyond that, gardens, homes, all of that sort of thing: We speak the same language.”
Same language, but unfortunately a few grammatical errors. While de la Renta was known for his unending runway shows, featuring a total of 70 looks, Copping produced only 55 for his debut show. With his most recent collection fall flat as well, it brings into question the details of Copping’s personal circumstances. Perhaps, the fashion house couldn’t handle another near miss on the runway.
This would be a hit to a stellar track record for Copping, who left Nina Ricci after working as artistic director for five years. Prior to that, Copping worked as studio director under Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton for 12 years. Hardly making the two-year mark at Oscar de la Renta, we have to assume something is up.
At this time, there is no information regarding Copping’s ‘future endeavors.’ But, at least we know, the fashion house wishes him well as he remedies a few personal circumstances.
Stay tuned for updates.
Photo by Lisa Maree Williams