We broke the news months ago, and it explains the heightened emotion as he closed his A/W '09 collection, but today it was finally confirmed that Artistic Director Olivier Theyskens has left Nina Ricci. After two years of critically acclaimed collections, Theyskens officially stepped down last Tuesday (10 March), seven months ahead of the official end of his contract in October.
Although there have been no word on who will be his successor, rumours swirled that Peter Copping, Marc Jacobs' right-hand at Louis Vuitton, might be the man for the job. But whether Theyskens will relaunch his own label, or take up a post with another big brand, we will have to wait and see, for there have been no comment since the first statement that Ricci 'wishes to re-orienate its development strategy for the years to come'.
Meanwhile, Head Designer at Ossie Clark, Avsh Alom Gur, has also left his position, and there are rumours that they are looking for a young British designer to fill his shoes.
Post fashion week and post critiques is a typical time for fashion musical chairs as Creative Directors find themselves ousted in favour of a different aesthetic. So watch this space to see who ends up where in the next designer shuffle!
UPDATE: Peter Copping has just been confirmed as Theyskens's replacement at Nina Ricci! [Fashionista]