“White… is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black…”—Gilbert K. Chesterton
In the midst of Fashion Week chaos, Nina Ricci‘s Peter Copping managed to usher in a calm stillness in the tightly packed tent at the Tuileries. A floor-length diaphanous screen whisked across the runway, creating an ethereal atmosphere that set the tone for the light and airy collection. The screen cleverly divided the room, bringing all attention to the 48 uber-femme looks that followed.
Various white tones in alabaster, chalk, plaster, chantilly and porcelain monopolize the color palette.
For fall 2013, Copping crafted a collection that incorporated fiery red fashions, and for spring he moved in what seems like the polar opposite direction. Backstage, the designer explained how the two colors have more parallels than meet the eye. “There’s a quote by Gilbert K. Chesterton that is included in the show notes that basically says white can be as strong as red, and that really resonated with me for spring,” he says.
“Last season, there was a red environment in the décor for the show and in the clothing, and now that has all been stripped away. There’s still just as much force. When it went to being about all white, it allowed me to really play around with the fabrics, which resulted in very rich textures.”
A burst of textured floral prints unify the delicate nature of the designs.
Touches of rosy grey, beige and gold add a shimmer and a contrasting pop of color.
Lace and pleats are key recurring themes.
Ultra-delicate skirts and embellished knits make a streamlined statement.
Take note of the cuts and precise tailoring on jackets.
Jackets draw inspiration from 18th-century English men’s riding coats.
The bag to covet this season comes in the form of an envelope-shaped clutch. Perforated leather is a must for spring ’14.
Subtle luxe statements come in the shape of dainty metal handles on bags.
Head-to-toe summer elegance concludes the show.
Outside the show, we spotted our executive Designer Collections team, who shared their thoughts on the collection. “Peter did a great job of incorporating all the key trends we’ve been seeing in terms of floral and pleats,” says Jennifer Wheeler, our VP of women’s designer apparel (pictured left). “The colors were so beautiful. They had a lightness and femininity to them, which Nina Ricci is really known for.”
Jeffrey Kalinsky, our EVP of designer merchandising, adds that he also thought the collection was beautiful. “I particularly loved all the short lengths. It made everything feel that much more fresh.”
Photos by Ford Leland