Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fashion news: Peter Copping to Nina Ricci and more

The man set to step into Olivier Theyskens enormous shoes at Nina Ricci has finally been announced: Peter Copping, designer at Louis Vuitton. Label owners Puig are giving him until next March to launch his debut collection - or as the whisperers are suggesting, to give us all time to forget Theyskens' last triumphant collection for the house.

Copping wld appear to be a safe pair of hands: he's already announced plans to ramp up Nina Ricci's leather goods business - a sensible insurance policy as, however acclaimed Theyskens' work at Ricci was, it failed to reach commercial lift off. If Copping can capitalise on Theyskens' credibility and increase accessory sales, then Puig will be laughing all the way to the bank...of course, there is the small matter of the global credit crunch, but watch this space.

In other news, Alison Edmond has announced her resignation at British Harper's Bazaar after twelve years, in order to move to LA. She's as much a celeb stylist as a fashion editor, having done personal styling for Gwyneth Paltrow and Thandie Newton amongst others. She is also responsible for Leona Lewis's image, having worked on her image since her launch in 2006.

Rumour has it that she has signed a contract with 19 Management, a far more lucrative gig than working for NatMags, the British arm of Hearst, publishers of Harper's.