PETER COPPING at Nina Ricci lives in a pretty, pretty world and it’s one he invites us into time and time again. He knows how to work the charms of femininity into a delicate and beautiful wardrobe and he knows how to do it to sell clothes rather than create an inaccessible fantasy. That was true of this evening’s collection too.
There were crystal and mirror-embellished tops and skirts; cotton voile Victoriana shirt dresses and chiffon ruffles on white skirt suits; broderie anglaise; sequins; cream pleat-front silk dresses; underwear and vintage detailing; and vivid florals that were calmed down by watercolour tones. It was all the signatures that do so well for him and everything came with a touch of lingerie about it, replacing last season’s dance and opera narrative.
Ultra-feminine, ultra-light and mostly in a palette of white, it seemed the show wasn’t to everybody’s tastes – interrupted as it was by topless protestors who stormed the catwalk. Promptly removed, the calm and prettiness was then restored.
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