DALLAS, May 12, 2009 / FW/ — It was almost anti-climatic. After weeks of rumors and speculations, Nina Ricci announced that Peter Copping as the maison’s new Creative Director.
A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martin’s and the Royal College of Art for his master’s degree, British-born Copping until his appointment at Nina Ricci was Marc Jacob’s assistant at Louis Vuitton. The 42-year old designer brings with him 12-years of experience from Louis Vuitton at Nina Ricci.
But, Nina Ricci fans have to wait until March 2010 to see Peter Copping make his runway debut. According to the London Telegraph, the newly appointed Creative Director will show a capsule resort collection later this year, but no plans for an elaborate catwalk show had been announced.
Founded in 1932 by mother and son team of Nina and Robert, the House of Nina Ricci became known for its romantic haute couture creations distinguished by its unique draping and detailing techniques.
Like almost all of the Parisian fashion houses, the maison also suffered during World War II but it made its fortune once again in 1948 when the house launched the fragrance L’Air Du Temps, which up to today is one of the world’s most famous perfumes.
Currently, Nina Ricci is owned by the Puig family, the Catalan clan that also controls Carolina Herrera and Paco Rabanne.
Meanwhile, on our side of the pond, Advanstar Communications announced the appointment of Jon Kapelson as Vice President of Menswear of MAGIC International, the world’s most influential and comprehensive fashion trade event.
A 4th generation menswear retailer via the family owned Kaps, a multi-million dollar better men’s specialty chain in Massachusetts, Jon Kapelson has been tasked to redesign and expand Menswear at MAGIC, and oversee national and international growth and expansion.
“MAGIC is the perfect place for me. I know this arena and can’t wait to dig in and get moving,” said Jon. “I am excited to work with the MAGIC team to make the show better than ever and help our customers attain their goals.”
Known for its twice a year MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas, MAGIC International is the world’s largest and most widely recognized organizer of trade shows for the apparel industry.
The next MAGIC Marketplace takes place August 31 – September 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. For up-to-date exhibitor listings, seminar scheduling, travel support and registration information, please visit www.magiconline.com.