Peter Copping Departs Oscar de la Renta

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Another one bites the dust.

Almost two years after being appointed the creative director of Oscar de la Renta (just days before the designer died), Peter Copping has left the fashion house.

"After almost two years at Oscar de la Renta, personal circumstances require me to return to Europe," Mr. Copping said in a statement. "I have loved my time in New York, where I hope to return at some point in the future."

Added CEO Alex Bolen: "Our team will continue to work on next season’s collection with a keen focus on the level of sophistication and craftsmanship that are the hallmarks of the house. We wish Peter well in his future endeavors."

The New York Times first tweeted the news, adding that no successor has been named.

During his time at the luxury label, Copping was responsible for ODLR's ready-to-wear collection, as well as the brand's line of bridal wear, accessories and home decor. His debut collection, which received rave reviews, paid homage to the late de la Renta with a garden-inspired range. His recent collections, however, fell flat among critics.

"It made sense to veer toward florals and roses, and I wanted there to be an abundance of them," said Copping, who posed for The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 Designers Issue with Ruth Wilson. "But at the same time there needed to be an artisanal quality. Looking at Oscar’s work, it is very artisanal; it had that handwork to it. I wanted to experiment with that."

Copping's designs were most recently seen on Lupita Nyong'o, Laura Benanti, Katy Perry and Tony Award winner Renee Goldsberry.