In the show notes for his fall 2012 collection, Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping said he was “inspired by an imaginary young girl exploring the wardrobe of her mother, grandmother and former generations.” “Nostalgia for the present,” he called the show. What that meant was that Ricci’s traditionally French feminine silhouette was mashed up and cut up and put together again like a girl pulling out random pieces from her grandmother’s trunk of old clothes and piling them on haphazardly: a pair of sheer blush colored chiffon pajama pants revealed lace knickers poking out the top and was worn with fur lined elbow length gloves; lace knickers and a chiffon top were tucked in a thick tweed skirt and worn with a matching jacket; knee-high leather boots that zipped up the center lent filmy silk pieces a tough edge.
Copping’s playful approach to the season made for a more relaxed, more undone silhouette. The clothes weren’t any less pretty–they are always achingly pretty, and they shone this season under the twinkling lights of three massive crystal chandeliers at the Espace Ephemere in the Tuileries–but they felt a bit slouchier, cooler, and that might appeal to a younger customer.
If only every girl could have a dress-up closet as stylish as Nina Ricci’s.