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Nina Ricci S/S11: Paris Fashion Week

Since taking over the helm at Nina Ricci, Peter Copping has shown collections filled with flirty dresses reflective of classic Parisian chic.

With a palette of nude and blush, and hints of black, coral, and yellow, Copping wanted to capture the ‘vibrancy’ and ‘joie de vivre’ that he uncovered while digging through the Nina Ricci archives.

The label, which was founded upon an Italian woman’s perspective of French women, has always focused heavily on soft feminine silhouettes that are both beautiful and wearable.

Dresses and separates were interjected with panels of lace and leather that added a unique texture to both eveningwear and daywear. 

Floaty tunics were shown with embellished skirts alongside seemingly impractical outerwear, and lingerie was referenced throughout; the real stars, however, were the textiles.

Shimmering Duchesse satin, chiffon, and diaphanous lace greatly enhanced the simple, feminine collection. Copping took every girly reference he could, from tutus to twinsets, and showed a collection that impressed.

His goal of making something ‘very up and feel good’ was fulfilled, and the collection had a resort feel. It has been a common theme this season for designers to stick to their roots and stay on brand, but while mass innovation may be lacking, the buyers are sure to be pleased with the great number of wearable collections.