According to a new report in WWD, Oscar de la Renta is planning to hire Peter Copping to a lead design role. Back in July, Fashionista heard from two sources that Copping was being groomed as de la Renta's successor — though the label's PR denied it at the time — and with these new reports it seems we may have been correct.
Copping is currently the artistic director of Nina Ricci, a post he has held since Olivier Theyskens's departure in 2009. It's not clear whether he will remain at the Nina Ricci or if he has already departed. WWD is reporting that Copping's contract with the brand runs through 2016, and the president of Puig Fashion (which owns Ricci) told the trade paper, "We don't comment on rumors."
Previously, the 47-year-old British designer spent more than a decade at Louis Vuitton, serving as Marc Jacobs's first assistant there and helping launch the brand's ready-to-wear line. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London.
Reports that De la Renta, 82, has been searching for a successor have been circulating for months. According to one source, an offer was made to John Galliano, former the creative director of Dior, some six months ago, but Galliano turned it down for financial reasons. There was also speculation that Olivier Theyskens or Prabal Gurung would be hired to fill the role.
We have reached out to Oscar de la Renta and will update this post with new information.