Amanda Peet just strode the red carpet in a fresh white Nina Ricci dress from Spring '11. She added sexy black Swiss dot tights and platform heels and pulled her hair back in a high ponytail. Her makeup is minimal, with natural-looking rosy cheeks and glossy lips. Talk about flirty schoolgirl charm! Do you love Amanda's outfit?
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Nicole Kidman was her usual understated self in black Nina Ricci with lace insets. The standout of her ensemble, though, is a bejeweled necklace covered in huge crystal-bedazzled flowers. Her makeup and hair are as demure as her dress, but do you think any of it worked with such a bold, showstopper necklace? Vote on all of our Screen Actors Guild Awards polls here!
I fell in love with this Lucky editorial showing a colorfully clad gal getting out of a taxi, looking ready to rock her day job. I get out of a lot of taxis too (of course, also rocking my day job), but I'm usually clad in black, gray, or white. It gets boring. In their Pre-Fall collections, Diane von Furstenberg and Nina Ricci showed color in work-ready outfits, and it's a totally bold and refreshing way to go to work. Our favorite look: try a knee-length red skirt ($109) with a minty green top ($19) and either go all the way with blue pumps ($50) or scale back with a nude shoe.
>> A trio of first campaigns have popped up for Spring 2011: Shu Pei Qin's premiere ad as a Maybelline model; Peter Copping's first ever Nina Ricci ad image, featuring Malgosia Bela shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin at New York's Greenwich Hotel ("She looks contemporary, modern, sensual — all those things I see for the Ricci woman,” Copping explained); and Alexander Wang's first ever print ad, featuring Aymeline Valade shot by Craig McDean. Although Wang doesn't like his four images, styled by his show stylist Karl Templer and creative directed by Fabien Baron, to be called a campaign. “We restrained from using those words, because you set yourself up for doing things in a systematic way — like rolling out ads in the magazines certain times of the year,” said the designer, who instead uses the term “image piece.” All those — and for good measure, the full Spring 2011 Versace campaign, featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw by Mario Testino — in the gallery.
The gorgeous Malgosia Bela fronts the Spring '11 ad campaign for Nina Ricci. It's the first campaign creative director Peter Copping has overseen since taking the reins from Olivier Theyskens in 2009. Shot by Inez and Vinoodh, Malgosia is perched on a velvet banquet — is it a nightclub? — looking ultra feminine in an ethereal, frilly dress. According to WWD, Copping had global chicsters Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Charlotte Casiraghi in mind when visualizing the campaign, saying they are "not sitting at home in a party dress." What do you think of the new Nina Ricci girl?
Peep the Latest Pre-Fall 2011 Shoes, Bags, and Accessories From Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Givenchy, Celine, and More!
>> The unveiling of Pre-Fall collections is still going strong, and we have the latest batch of shoes, bags, and accessories for you to check out — up close and personal. From a leather and plaid Celine bag, left, to a pair of over-the-knee lace-up boots from Givenchy, peruse the slideshow to see more of our favorite shoes, bags, and accessories from the likes of Lanvin, Rochas, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, and Nina Ricci.
>> Peter Copping was on set for his first Nina Ricci campaign yesterday — shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Alex White, at the spa of New York's Greenwich Hotel — but he wouldn't disclose who the model was, other than to say she is older and was not on his Spring 2011 runway.
He was more open with his feelings on other subjects, however. While he's in charge, Nina Ricci won't be live streaming its runway show: “I’ve never been into it. It appeals much more to the big brands. Their goal is to reach a huge amount of people. I don’t think it ever seems appropriate for Nina Ricci, because it goes beyond that sense of intimacy that I want to create for the house.”
And he doesn't like for his collection to be called "pretty," he says. “When people write that, I always think . . . I don’t know. I like it when people read something more into [the collection].”
Copping recently mentioned wanting to foray into bridal and lingerie soon, and he also won't rule out a secondary collection. It could happen — Nina Ricci is currently one of the fastest growing designer ready-to-wear businesses at Barneys.
>> Peter Copping is in New York next week for a Nina Ricci trunk show at Barneys, but he's also going to be shooting his first campaign for the brand while in town — presumably for Spring 2011 — with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
What else does Copping have up his sleeve for Nina Ricci? He said he hopes to expand into bridal and lingerie soon and would be interested in collaborating with H&M. But most of all, he's just focusing on building the brand. Copping designed for Louis Vuitton for 12 years under Marc Jacobs, who he describes as "incredibly precise." He added: "If there is one criticism I would make of that time, it's that we jumped around a little too much. At Nina Ricci, I want to be more consistent and true to the image of the house."
That said, he doesn't refer to the Nina Ricci archives at all. "Unlike at a house like Dior, Nina Ricci doesn't really have many iconic pieces. It's more about a romantic, feminine spirit."
Backstage Snaps from Paris Fashion Week Part One: Daria Werbowy at Balmain, Crystal Renn at Zac Posen, and More
>> With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, we've got a look at Daria Werbowy and Carmen Kass backstage at Balmain — the latter showing off her new crop; Crystal Renn, Sessilee Lopez, Hilary Rhoda, and Coco Rocha all having a ball at Zac Posen; plus behind the scenes snaps from Dries van Noten, Nina Ricci, Rochas, and Rick Owens.
Photos: Greg Kessler