The Saga has come to an end over at Nina Ricci, with Peter Copping taking over as artistic director of the 77 year old French house. He started Monday, and replaces Olivier Theyskens, who was let go last month. Peter is a Louis Vuitton veteran, since 1997. Cooping's first line of business is a capsule collection (due in June), with his first runway show not expected till next March. The company wants to allow him the chance to "immerse himself in Ricci before making his first big fashion statement for a brand synonymous with ethereal femininity". Here is what the designer told wwd: “I think it’s a name with a very nice history. I love all the French fashionisms, and Nina Ricci is very much a French house. It’s going to feel very close to all the things I personally like.” But he also wants to make make "Ricci “contemporary again” and broaden its appeal. “We want to move away from a girl and be more about a woman,” he said. “I want the clothes to be very tactile, very luxurious — the kind of clothes a woman enjoys wearing, and with attention to detail, which is something I learned at Vuitton.” More at WWD. Meanwhile we await news from Thyskens. Last rumors we heard he was being somewhere between Halston and Schiaparell.