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Nina Ricci Appoints Guillaume Henry Creative Director

After weeks of speculation, it's official.

After five years at the helm of Carven, Guillaume Henry is taking on a new challenge: The creative directorship of Nina Ricci.

The Paris-based brand confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday morning, although the appointment was the subject of much speculation during Paris Fashion Week. Backstage at Carven, Henry all but confirmed his new role, and a few days after the show, Carven announced that the designer would indeed be leaving his position come November without saying where he'd be going next.

The 35-year-old Henry is preceded at Nina Ricci by Peter Copping, who has headed over to lead design at Oscar de la Renta (though Oscar de la Renta has yet to announce it officially). So now that nearly all the players in this particular game of musical chairs have found their seats, the big question is: Who will take Henry's spot at Carven?

According to a rep for the brand, the hunt for Henry's successor is ongoing. Although as we mentioned, Henry doesn't leave until November, so the company has some time.

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Henry himself will be getting a bit of time off between gigs — although much of that will likely be spent prepping for his first outing at Nina Ricci. According to the brand, Henry is to start his new role on January 5, and present his first collection for fall/winter 2015. One month is enough time to pull together a full season, no?

This article has been updated to include comment from Carven's rep regarding the status of hiring a new creative director.