There was something a little Center Stage about designer Peter Copping‘s fall 2013 collection for Nina Ricci. Inspired by dance, with sister-pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque playing Phillip Glass’s “Two Movements for Two Pianos” live, there were plenty of looks that mimicked styles favored by ballerinas, including flared skirts, ribbed sweaters, and wide knit headbands that held up a top bun.
That’s all fine and nice and elegant, but much like the film, Copping’s dancer was just a little sexier than expected.
A red taffeta skirt and top, for instance, mimicked an evening gown from the front. But from behind the top was cut high, revealing plenty of back. The collar of a black blazer was pulled down to reveal a model’s shoulder. And a rolled-collar tartan body suit was worn all on its own.
Some of the most successful looks, however, were the opposite of revealing. A set of flippy skirt suits—one in cherry red, another in navy, another in dove grey—were flirty but oh-so-grown-up. If this ballerina ever leaves the studio, she’s sure got something pretty to wear.