Peter Copping has some big shoes to fill following the departure of Olivier Theyskens. Though he may not have brought retail success to Nina Ricci, the forward-thinking, dramatic designs brought Theyskens endless critical praise. In fact, one of the only times the critics beat down on Theyskens was when it was concealed from Sarah Jessica Parker that the Nina Ricci dress she opted to wear to the premier of the Sex and the City movie had already been worn by Lauren Santo Domingo at the Met Ball. So perhaps it was wise for Copping to play it safe with the Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
It made for some nice, if somewhat forgettable, cinched coats, knee-length cocktail dresses, and a slew of satin and fur-trimmed separates. Unfortunately, in the same token, the styling on a number of looks was somewhat off, causing clashing textures and fabrics (lace touches seemed particularly haphazard), and resulting in some questionable, seemingly random looks.
Overall, the collection was clearly trying to bring Nina Ricci into a more commercial, flirty, feminine direction, but with so many well-known labels doing this already, one can’t help but hope that some of Theyskens’ gothic drama will find its way back to Nina Ricci.
If Gareth Pugh can blend art and fashion in such a way that they result in surprisingly wearable, yet whole unique pieces, isn’t anything possible?
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.