Another era has come to an end at yet another fashion house: Oscar de la Renta Creative Director Peter Copping has stepped down from his post—just before reaching his two-year milestone with the brand.
“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,” Copping said in a statement released on Wednesday, WWD reports.
As for what’s next: It may be too soon to tell who will follow in the designer's footsteps. “We have always been in the business of creating beautiful clothes and two of our greatest assets are our design studio and atelier,” Oscar de la Renta Chief Executive Officer Alex Bolen said in the statement. “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.”
Copping first joined the brand in November 2014 and was the first successor of Oscar de la Renta himself, who passed away in October 2014. The news of Copping's exit follows what feels like dozens of designer departure and arrivals across brands like Lanvin, Christian Dior, and Saint Laurent, to name a few. WWD reports that Dior’s former artistic director, Raf Simons, is in line to return to the spotlight as chief creative officer at Calvin Klein.
Only time will tell.