Designer News. Peter Copping Named New Artistic Director at Nina Ricci

April 22, 2009 • Fashion


It's official. Louis Vuitton veteran Peter Copping has been named the new artistic director of the Nina Ricci fashion house, replacing ousted Olivier Theyskens.

According to WWD, Copping started his new job Monday. His first order of business is to design a capsule resort collection for Ricci’s flagship
boutique on the Avenue Montaigne in Paris and several shop-in-shops around the

Don't expect a runway show this fall, however. The company
has stressed it is not a cost-saving measure but an effort to allow
Copping sufficient time to immerse himself in the Ricci brand before making his
first big fashion statement.

The designer expressed wants to break with the past and make Ricci “contemporary again”
and broaden its appeal. “We want to move away from a girl and be more
about a woman,” he said. “I want the clothes to be very tactile, very
luxurious — the kind of clothes a woman enjoys wearing, and with
attention to detail, which is something I learned at Vuitton.”

An Englishman and a low-key figure on the Paris fashion scene, Copping,
42, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins
in London.

Marc Jacobs recruited
the 42 year-old Englishman as his first assistant in 1997, when Louis Vuitton launched a ready-to-wear collection. Copping’s most recent title
there was women’s wear studio director. Before that, he worked for
several years in the design studios of Sonia Rykiel.

There is no official word yet on what Theyskens is up to, but everyone waits with baited breath.

Source & Photo: WWD

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