Speculation had been rife for months that Olivier Theyskens was about to get the heave-ho from his job as creative director at Nina Ricci to be replaced by Peter Copping. Then Theyskens produced his best collection for the house ever back in March, and got rave critical reviews. What was going to happen? Well the truth will out, and Peter Copping has now left his post as women's wear studio director at Louis Vuitton to start his new job as creative director at Nina Ricci on Monday. As for Theyskens, rumour has it he'll be launching a self-titled label again. The story of Copping and Theyskens has been brewing for months, and the reason for Theyskens's departure was made clear to WWD today by Mario Grauso, president of Puig Fashion Group, which owns Ricci. 'I think Peter's very tuned into the consumer [who is] a very real woman,' he told WWD. As for Copping, he seems ready for the challenge. 'I think it's a name with a very nice history,' the designer told WWD Tuesday. 'I love all the French fashionisms, and Nina Ricci is very much a French house. It's going to feel very close to all the things I personally like.'
- Melanie Rickey