July 30 2014

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The New Man At Nina Ricci


It’s official. Peter Copping, formerly of Louis Vuitton, started at Nina Ricci on Monday, replacing Olivier Theyskens, who was let go after a remarkable Fall show in Paris last month. Copping is working on a resort collection that will be presented in late June, but it’s said that he won’t make his runway debut until next March. He told WWD he’d like to make Nina Ricci “contemporary again.” No word on whether that means contemporary price points (we sort of doubt it, but a girl can dream, can’t she?). If it in fact does, it wouldn’t be the first storied French brand to move in that direction. Rochas, which relaunched for Fall when Marco Zanini stepped into a position previously occupied by Theyskens, intends to keep its prices below designer levels. Theyskens, meanwhile, continues to be the subject of rumors about reviving the house of Elsa Schiaparelli. There’s also talk that he may relaunch his signature label.

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