>> 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
Video Sneak Peeks from Sundance's The Day Before, Featuring Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang, and Diane von Furstenberg
>> The second season of The Day Before, Loic Prigent's documentary series which follows six designers — Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Nina Ricci's Peter Copping, and Jeremy Scott — in the 36 hours leading up to their Fall 2010 show, premieres tomorrow night, Sept. 8, on the Sundance Channel at 10 pm EST with von Furstenberg, with one episode airing each night after that through Sept. 13.
Prigent is known for receiving unprecedented access into designers' inner sanctums — he captures von Furstenberg practicing yoga as she fits models, Wang in the midst of a "chiffon crisis," Narciso Rodriguez leaving his studio in a panic two hours before his show with two key looks unfinished, and Copping staging his first ever show for Nina Ricci. Clips from the episodes, below.
A longtime L'Air du Temps wearer, Starck says he decided to take on the project because "there is no difference in making a rocket, a hotel, a motorbike, a museum or a fragrance because the actual object is of no importance . . . So for me, a fragrance, and above all, L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, is a matter of vibration. It's getting the air to vibrate in a way that suddenly moves us." So does this new bottle move you?
From ferocious prints to '70s glam to bold cuts, the 2011 Cruise collections have been a blast to follow. But we're not done — there are 20 more looks I must leave you with. Here's a hint of what's hot: ponchos, neutrals, transparency, sexy lace, bold hues, and funkadelic prints. In a nutshell, easy glamor.
Looking for a lighter scent that's good for warm weather? Curious about what the fragrance world has in store for you this season? Then you've come to the right place. We Bellas sat down and sniffed a whole bunch of new fragrance releases designed to keep you cool and smelling great this Summer. We're describing how these perfumes actually smell, not just listing off notes, so if you want to know what someone means when they say something has a "solar accord" or an "infusion" of some note you really like, get ready to have your questions answered. To see what we had to say about 10 new releases, just click through.