Spring 2013 Paris Fashion Week: Nina Ricci

– By Sarah Leigh Wade – 

With his ever watchful eye on romance-meets-wearability, Peter Copping’s latest offering for French fashion house Nina Ricci combined the typical amorous approach to design with something decidedly out of their comfort zone.
On his quiet mission to reinvent Nina Ricci, this season saw the British-born artistic director inject a new edge to the label famed for its signature Parisian chic. Opening with a glimpse of a leather harness under a cinched wool blazer with elasticated, elbow length sleeves, and followed by ensembles with further flashes of leather and fishnet prints; Ricci’s gentle take on dominatrix had entered.
More fishnet and glimpses of black and blue lace was saved for underlayers, while reoccurring slithers of fabric on asymmetric dresses and skirts, with subtly historic undertones, danced around the models as they sashayed down the catwalk of the Espace Ephémère Tuileries. Homage was seemingly paid to Paris’ famous bygone cabaret girls with smatterings of sequins, shimming fringing and yes, fishnet tights
Commerciality was of course a focus under Copping’s direction; simple knitwear was cleverly placed in amongst more dramatic items while the majority of silhouettes were beautifully feminine, figure enhancing yet free-flowing and easy. A simple yet appealing highlight combined a lilac silk satin knee-length skirt with a pretty front pleat, worn with a sleeveless sheer tee but bought in-line with the theme with a thin-strapped harness.
All in all, Copping’s happy marriage of references provided a familiar yet welcome update to the line. Polka dots, super-slim cat-eye sunglasses, prim silhouettes and twinsets harked back to a golden era, juxtaposed with thoroughly modern, almost rock and roll visions on femininity.
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW
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About the Author

Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Bunting is a seasoned editor and marketer, having worked with some of the world's biggest fashion and interior brands and retailers. In 2012 Sarah-Leigh co-founded What Peggy Did Next (http://www.whatpeggydidnext.co.uk/), an event and communications agency based in the UK. You can follow Sarah on... Instagram - @sarah_leigh_b Twitter - sarah_leigh_b Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SarahLeighsStyleFiles/