In more surprising news — the same day rumors broke that Nicolas Ghesquière is on his way out from Louis Vuitton — a representative for Oscar de la Renta announced that Peter Copping is stepping down from his role as creative director, effective immediately.
"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," said Copping in a statement.
De la Renta personally chose Copping to succeed him; his appointment became official in October 2014, a month before de la Renta passed away. Copping's collections were generally well-received by press and buyers, as Copping was consistently true to the beloved brand's elegant, feminine DNA. Copping had previously served as the artistic director of Nina Ricci for five years. Before that, he worked for 12 years under Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton.
No replacement has been named, but Vanessa Friedman at the New York Times reports speculation has already turned to Monse co-founders Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, who both worked for de la Renta before Copping came on board, and reportedly left because they didn't get top job. Garcia and Kim are currently consulting for Carolina Herrera.
"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 the house," said CEO Alex Bolen in a statement. "We wish Peter well in his future endeavors.”