It's been a wild month for designer musical chairs (Valentino and Dior, Louis Vuitton, just to name a few) and the latest round came overnight with the news that Peter Copping is stepping down from his post as creative director at Oscar de la Renta after two years at the helm.
The designer released a statement shortly after the news broke saying, "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, who is originally from Britain, was the first designer brought into the house after the passing of Oscar de la Renta himself in late 2014.
Of Peter's departure, Alex Bolen, the CEO of ODLR, said "We have always been in the business of creating beautiful clothes. And two of our greatest assets are our design studio and atelier. 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. We wish Peter well in his future endeavours."
As to whom will replace him at the head of the house, Business of Fashion reports that there are whispers of ODLR alum Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia returning to the label. Laura and Fernando are behind luxe-contemporary label Monse, which launched for S/S16 and has found tremendous success since. The pair also works with Carolina Herrera, with Laura the senior vice president of design and Fernando, a consultant for the NYC-based brand.
Watch this space.