Peter Copping makes channeling the seductive edge of Parisian chic nearly effortless with Nina Ricci's Fall 2012. Set off in rich berry hues and a decidedly darker palette, Ricci is still all woman, only sexier. Where we're given ladylike shapes — cinched waists and full skirts, Copping finishes in sultry sheer, luxe fur, and leg-baring slits or cutout necklines. Tweedy fabrics in the sexiest iterations banish every image of traditional skirt suits reworked in curve-conscious dressing and patchworked with hints of lace. We get the playful references to lingerie dressing, but with every dose Copping's looks are all crafted with charm. A hint of floral print, pinks and pastels — even on heels finished with sparkly embellished straps — punctuate the black chiffon and deep plum hues giving way to a delightful girlishness in all the grown-up glamour. That's not by accident — Copping explains his inspiration for the collection as "a little girl playing dress up." At its core, that's what it is; it's all romance — both a fully modern, but deeply romantic idea of womanly dressing and a nostalgia for our days of dressing up in mom's closet.
>> "It's about nonchalance and comfort," Peter Copping said of the dreamy '50s-tinged collection he presented today for Nina Ricci Fall 2012. The designer was inspired by the idea of a little girl playing dress-up, and so there was a haphazard glamour to the offering — party dresses and fur collars hung irreverently off the models' frames, sleeves were cut ultralong, and silhouettes were girlishly A-line, or just a tad oversize. Lace, tulle, embroidery, and ruffles provided a sense of naive charm, but the sultry palette of sheer black, garnet, blush, and cream was all lady.