Runway Report: Nina Ricci

The Nina Ricci woman is, above all else, utterly feminine.  It lovingly embraces all that we love about being a girl: the lace, the chiffon, the sequins. In other words, the pretty.

And, indeed, pretty is exactly what Peter Copping’s Spring 2014 collection was. However Copping took inspiration from – of all things – a man. Though, to be specific, no one man in particular, but many, and from the 18th century, “…when men were very romantic”, he clarified. Regardless of its inspiration, the collection was romantic and delicate; ruffled and sheer chiffons, peeks of lingerie-inspired lace details, and intricate mirror and vintage-like embroidery. One of the obvious nods to menswear came by way of the classic man’s shirt, though no one could claim Copping’s ‘a basic button-down’. Instead, he mostly hinted at the classic – in the crispness of a collar, the peek of a hem, in the darting of a bust-line. His shirt-dresses – one in particular, done with a combination tuxedo/button-down oxford top, was especially fetching.

Copping’s color palate of mostly white only served to enhance the collection’s overall delicacy and elegance. When color was used, it was in muted dove or blue-toned gray separates, in champagne hued tweeds, or watercolor floral printed dresses. But Copping’s most striking use of color came in Cornflower blue: a strapless, darted bust dress with a bubble hem, and it’s sister; also strapless and darted at the bust, but longer in length with an almost trouser-like hem. His most noteworthy of separates was a dusty blue-grey suit comprised of a structured A-line skirt and zip front jacket, embellished with ruffled chiffon shoulders.

The finale: a sheer, creamy white, chiffon and mixed lace gown. Trimmed in chiffon ruffles, the gown combined sheer, delicate lace that paneled down the center and around the waist, with a thicker one that composed the skirt. Cupping the bust-line and replacing the skirt’s slit: panels of pleated chiffon.

Yes, we do love being girls.

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