Peter Copping has stepped down from his role as creative director at Oscar de la Renta.
Just shy of his two-year anniversary at the New York-based brand, the designer released a statement on Wednesday(20Jul16) explaining his decision to depart.
After almost two years at Oscar de la Renta, personal circumstances require me to return to Europe,” he said, according to Vogue.com. “I have loved my time in New York where I hope to return at some point in the future.
Copping was the first designer to helm the atelier following the death of de La Renta in 2014, and presented his first collection under the label in February 2015. Speaking of Copping’s exit, Oscar de la Renta’s Chief Executive Officer Alex Bolen said that the company had accepted his resignation and wished him all the best.
“We have always been in the business of creating clothes and two of our greatest assets are our design studio and atelier,” he said. “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 took on the top design job at de la Renta after working at Nina Ricci for five years as artistic director and prior to that had worked for Louis Vuitton as a studio director under Marc Jacobs. At de la Renta, the British designer reported to Bolen and set the design direction for all of the company’s product categories including bridal, home decor, fragrance and childrenswear.
Handpicked by de la Renta before his death, Copping is known for his ability to dress both mothers and their daughters. Nonetheless, it was no small task stepping into the shoes of one of fashion’s best known and most beloved talents, though before his first outing at the brand, Copping said that he felt he shared a lot of common territory with the late Dominican-American designer.
“The sort of woman we appreciate, and going beyond that, gardens, homes, all of that sort of thing: We speak the same language,” he said at the time.