Drawing on his passion for home interior design, Nina Ricci‘s Peter Copping looks to the lifestyle of French-American art collector Dominique de Menil for inspiration for fall 2014. Copping imagined what a woman like Dominique would fancy wearing in her own environment and created a collection that highlights the versatility of loungewear accented with opulent brocades, appliqués and cashmere.
Timeless Style: Nina Ricci Strapless Floral Embroidered Gown
Today marks the birthday of the late, great Italian-born fashion designer Maria Nina Ricci, who founded her namesake collection over 80 years ago. In celebration of her illustrious career and iconic house, watch creative director Peter Copping present his resort 2014 collection in New York City and take away the exquisite craftsmanship that is rooted in the brand’s DNA.
Let There Be Light: Bursts of sunshine fill the showroom of Nina Ricci, exposing glittering tweeds and ethereal fabrics.
Breakfast at Nina Ricci: C’est si bon.
Lovely Lace: The last looks presented on the runway now drape on dressmaker mannequins like works of art.
High-Tech Luxe: Sharp lines on this coat crafted from technical cotton hint at an historic period in men’s dress.
Pleats Please!: This timeless coat reveals an architectural nod to modernity with sleek, tailored pleats that add a preciousness to the construction.
Contrasting Textures: A lace skirt is fused with mirror embroideries, revealing a sparkling sentiment for spring.
It Comes Down to the Details: Crepe embellishments on the shoulders of this cotton jacket create a delicate and elegant effect.
Wardrobe-Ready: Peter Copping, the brand’s creative director, mixed pale hues and flashes of floral into his otherwise all-white palette.
Fields of Flowers: Layers of printed chiffon and subtle floral appliqués enhance the romantic mood of the collection.
A Canvas of Sophistication: Washed-out, watercolor floral makes an artfully feminine statement.
The Look to ♥: Our designer apparel buyer, Sahar Sokhandan, shares her thoughts on one of the standout looks for spring:
“What I personally love about Peter Copping is that he takes the thinking out of dressing. He makes it effortless. One of my favorite looks from the spring line is this extra-fine cashmere sweater paired with a pleated lace mini-skirt. It’s ultra-chic and luxe! I don’t know any woman who wouldn’t want to look like that.”
Shop our Editor’s Picks from the current collection.
Photos by Ford Leland
“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
One of our favorites is back! Rachel (Pink Peonies) is looking as chic and feminine as ever. While her vintage-inspired lacy number is a girly dream, her tough accessories add a little edginess to the look.
Like I said before, I’m digging this new direction Rachel is heading in, and I can’t wait to see what she does next season!
The Jardin des Tuileries, one of the most visited gardens in Paris, provided the backdrop for the Nina Ricci fall/winter 2013 show. Upon entering the tented show space, we knew we were in for a treat as soon as we saw two Steinway concert grand pianos positioned in the center of the runway. This season, artistic director Peter Copping was inspired by the “purity and modesty that characterizes the world of dance,” which was manifested through a live musical performance by sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque.
If Copping were creating a symphony, this collection would certainly be considered his greatest masterpiece. Models glided down a fiery red runway like carefully chosen musical notes, epitomizing Parisian chic.
Vogue’s Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman (center) and Anna Wintour examine each look with purpose.
The mavens of Marie Claire: Alison Edmond (left), fashion editor-at-large, and Nina Garcia, fashion director, throw us quick smiles from the front row. “Nina Ricci is just one of those classic brands that really maintains its consistency,” said Garica after the show. “This collection was simple, elegant and wearable.”
After the show, we chatted with the British-born designer about the very functional yet delicate wardrobe he’s crafted for fall.
“I think it’s important for a woman to have a wardrobe that’s versatile,” says Copping. “In today’s show, I am sure you saw that the range went from strong eveningwear to daywear pieces. Also, I presented outerwear that included parkas, and that was kind of a new category for us. It is important for a brand to have a broad offering, and each category we do must be strong in its own right.”
Photos by Ford Leland
Let’s take two and a half minutes to step through the looking glass into the world of Nina Ricci and the brand’s newest fashion film—the winter 2012 ad campaign.
Directed by Inez & Vinoodh with model, Kati Nescher.