Fashion Week

Nina Ricci Hits a High Note for Fall ’13

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.”

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland