PARIS — Nina Ricci said Peter Copping is stepping down as its creative director after a five-year stint.

The spring 2015 collection paraded here on Sept. 25 was his last.

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This confirms a WWD report on Sept. 12 that the English designer was close to exiting the Paris-based fashion house to take on a lead design role at Oscar de la Renta.

De la Renta, 82, has yet to comment on his intentions. He has been looking for a design collaborator and possible successor for some time — most visibly in 2013, when he hired John Galliano for a three-week designer-in-residence role.

Ralph Toledano, president of Puig fashion division, parent of Ricci, thanked Copping for “his commitment to Nina Ricci and his contribution to the legacy of the house.

“His vision has been a major factor in the relaunch of the brand,” Toledano added.

Copping noted he was “very grateful to the Puig family for their kindness through the last five years.”

Ricci added that it would “shortly announce” its new creative director, believed to be Carven creative director Guillaume Henry, who is exiting that house after a five-year stretch of his own.

Henry is credited with catapulting Carven back onto the fashion radar, and giving it a youthful élan.

The Frenchman is to remain in his post until the end of November and Carven chief executive officer Henri Sebaoun is in talks with several potential successors, as reported.

In the decade before Copping, Ricci saw a number of designers come and go: Nathalie Gervais, Massimo Giussani, James Aguiar, Lars Nilsson and Olivier Theyskens.

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