It’s Official. Olivier Theyskens & Nina Ricci Are Over

March 16, 2009 • Fashion

After months of rumor and speculation…Olivier Theyskens and Nina Ricci are officially over, according to WWD.

In a joint statement, the designer and Ricci said Theyskens exited the
French fashion house on March 10, ahead of the expiration of his
contract in October. Ricci
“wishes to re-orientate its development strategy for the years to
come,” the statement said. “Consequently, Nina Ricci and its artistic
director Olivier Theyksens have decided by mutual agreement to cease
their collaboration.”

There was no mention of a successor, but the separation should pave the way for the arrival of
Peter Copping who, as reported in WWD on January 28, is to join Ricci as
creative director from his current post as a top design deputy to Marc
Jacobs at Louis Vuitton.

The two-year
partnership was marked by torrents of editorial acclaim, weak commercial
success and, more recently, discord between a wunderkind
designer and a brand owner keen on matching the
level of success of its perfume business. Spain’s Puig Group owns
Ricci, as well as the fashion houses Carolina Herrera and Paco Rabanne.

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