And the latest round of fashion musical chairs begins. Carven designer Guillaume Henry is reportedly replacing Peter Copping at Nina Ricci when he heads to Oscar de la Renta, according to WWD. We've heard chatter about this as well, and Henry did very little to deny it backstage at his runway show on Thursday. "I absolutely don’t see any invitation to expand on this, but it’s already an appointment I did not want to share today," he told the trade. "We are at Carven, and it’s important.”
While Copping's ultra-feminine aesthetic is a no-brainer choice for de la Renta, Henry is a more unique proposition for Ricci. Carven is a contemporary brand that appeals to hip preppies and It girls, while Ricci -- under Copping's watch, at least -- has catered to women looking for delicate, sometimes frilly daywear. Aesthetics aside, though, the appointment makes plenty of sense. In the past five years, Henry has done an incredible job of creating a modern identity for Carven without doing away with the house's history. And it's very clear, after interviewing him several times, that the act of designing is more important to him than the spotlight. He likes building brands, and it's likely that the Puig Group is eager to see what he can do for the label to expand the oh-so-profitable shoes and handbags categories.
But who will succeed Henry at Carven? Watch this space for updates.