Oscar De La Renta Appoints Peter Copping As Creative Head.
The American fashion house Oscar De La Renta has appointed the British-born former artistic helm of Parisian luxury label Nina Ricci, Peter Copping, as its new creative director.
The 48-year-old, who will join his new position at the New York-based label on November 3rd, 2014, will be responsible for all product categories of the brand, and would report to Oscar de la Renta as well as the company's chief executive officer, Alex Bolen.
The graduate from London's Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins will showcase his first collection for the label in February 2015.
While speaking on the new appointment, the 82-year-old design veteran Oscar de la Renta said; "I'm very happy Peter has agreed to join us. He is a great talent and along with our shared design sensibilities, we both have a deep curiosity about the wider world, from music and art to architecture and gardens."
"Our Industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can insure the right design future for our company and brand," explained the octogenarian.
Copping expressed his delight in a statement; "It is an immense pleasure for me to join Oscar de la Renta as Creative Director in November. After a career of 20 years in Paris, this is an important next step for me. Oscar de la Renta has defined American elegance for generations of women, and the opportunity to work with him and help ensure the future of the brand is very exciting."
Also the Oscar de la Renta, LLC CEO, Alex Bolen, revealed; "We have spent a considerable time determining how best to bring a new and important creative voice into our company and have followed closely Peter's work over the last few years. Peter will bring a fresh perspective to our brand, continuing the evolution of our business."
"While Peter and Oscar share much in terms of aesthetics, they also work in the same way. Many of our vendor partners – the fabric mills, the embroiderers, the knit factories - already know Peter well. Further, Peter's vast experience in shoes, handbags, and jewelry will be brought to bear immediately as continued growth of those categories is central to our expansion plans," he adds.
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Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo (born July 22, 1932) is a Dominican American fashion designer.
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, De la Renta was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo, he became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy.
An award-winning designer, he worked for Lanvin and Balmain; his eponymous fashion house continues to dress leading figures, from film stars to royalty, into the 2010s.
De la Renta is particularly known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear.
De la Renta serves as a board member of the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and WNET.
He also serves on the boards of several charitable institutions such as New Yorkers for Children, the America's Society.
De la Renta is presently chairman of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.
De la Renta received an honorary degree from Hamilton College (New York) on May 26, 2013.
In February 2014, Oscar de la Renta recreated his entire Spring presentation, Designed for A Cure 2014 collection, to raise money for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
A fashion week is a fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, which allows fashion designers, brands or "houses" to display their latest collections in runway shows and buyers and the media to take a look at the latest trends.
Most importantly, these events let the industry know what's "in" and what's "out" for the season.
The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the five fashion capitals of the world: Milan, Paris, New York, London and Berlin.
Other notable week-long fashion events are held in cities around the world.
New York, London, Milan, Paris and Berlin each host a womenswear fashion week twice a year with New York beginning each season and the other cities following in the aforementioned order.
London, Milan and Paris host menswear showcases, as does Florence.
There are two major seasons per year - Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer.
For womenswear, the Autumn/Winter shows always start in New York in February and end in Paris in March.
Spring/Summer shows start in New York in September and end in Paris in October.
Menswear Autumn/Winter shows start in January in London and Milan for typically less than a week followed by another short week in Paris.
Menswear Spring/Summer shows occur in June.
Womenswear haute couture shows happen in Paris following the Menswear Paris shows.
Due to Chambre Syndicale rules, haute couture can only be shown in Paris.
More and more designers have shown inter-seasonal collections between the traditional Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons.
These collections are usually more commercial than the main season collections and help shorten the customer's wait for new season clothes.
The inter-seasonal collections are Resort/Cruise (before Spring/Summer) and Pre-Fall (before Autumn/Winter).
There is no fixed schedule for these shows in any of the major fashion capitals but they typically happen three months after the main season shows.
Some designers show their inter-seasonal collections outside their home city.
For example, Karl Lagerfeld has shown his Resort and Pre-Fall collections for Chanel in cities such as Moscow, Los Angeles and Monte Carlo instead of Paris.
Many designers also put on presentations as opposed to traditional shows during Resort and Pre-Fall either to cut down costs or because they feel the clothes can be better understood in this medium.
Some fashion weeks can be genre-specific, such as a Christian Fashion Week (values-based), Miami Fashion Week (swimwear), Rio Summer (swimwear), Prêt-a-Porter (ready-to-wear) Fashion Week, Couture (one-of-a-kind designer original) Fashion Week and Bridal Fashion Week, while Portland (Oregon, USA) Fashion Week shows some eco-friendly designers.
Bread and Butter Berlin hosts the leading fashion show for everyday fashion.
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