Runway News


Not that Nina Ricci is always my favorite – far from that, actually – but given the hype surrounding the departure of Olivier Theyskens as the creative force behind the house, I was waiting with bated breath for the Spring/Summer 2010 Peter Copping-designed Nina Ricci runway presentation.

There’s no question that Copping had some very tough shoes to fill and he did, given the circumstances and short amount of prep time, a good job at staying true to the house of Ricci while infusing some of his ruffle-flare.

The show began with a slew of delicate, pastel pieces with ruffles, sheerness, lace, embroidery, and plenty of other lightly frilly details. The pieces were wonderfully styled with impeccable layering, and there were a slew of covetable open toe booties.

In parallel to these light pieces, Copping showed a number of monochromatic black ones ranging from mini dresses with contrasting textures to tulle-accented floor length gowns with ornate collars – a little something for everyone.  Unlike so many other collections this season, the pieces weren’t hyper-fitted and overly body-conscious.

Unfortunately, the show didn’t solely consist of those two types of looks. The blips in the show came when Copping mixed these light notes with the black.

There seemed to be too much going, and the resulting looks appeared somewhat disheveled as was the case with a long-sleeved mini dress that was tiered with alternating colors and textures, along with what seemed to be endless embellishments and a visible bra.

Nevertheless, Copping proved without a doubt that his foray into his new creative role at Nina Ricci has plenty of excitement in store.