Peter Copping Exits Oscar de la Renta

07.21.2016

Not since famed designer’s Oscar de la Renta’s passing has the eponymous label gained so much attention, and this might’ve been the problem for Peter Copping, who's just stepped down as creative director for the brand. After two years at the helm, the British designer cites personal reasons for his departure. “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 by the company yesterday night. [caption id="attachment_18193" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Peter Copping's debut collection for Oscar de La Renta's Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Peter Copping's debut collection for Oscar de La Renta's Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.[/caption] As the first designer to take over the atelier after de la Renta’s death in October 2014, Copping had big (humongous, to be precise) shoes to fill; Despite a varied focus on the trunk show circuit and establishing relationships with long-time customers, his efforts were undermined by the lack of traction and mixed reviews of his collections. Copping isn’t new to the fashion circuit – his previous stints include being artistic director at Nina Ricci for five years, and working alongside Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. “We have always been in the business of creating 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 our house. We wish Peter well in his future endeavours,” chief executive officer Alex Bolen said in the same statement.