Peter Copping of Nina Ricci likes things pretty. But there was nothing saccharine about this collection. For Spring 2014, the designer created a series of airy, but not too fluttery, looks that were sensible and beautiful at once.
First, he played with white. There were embellished minis, easy-but-still-fancy shirtdresses, and a halter dress in the most delicate wisps of lace. The next stop was grey suiting, but it was done in such a light fabric that it looked more English garden than Wall Street boardroom. A series of floral chiffon dresses rounded everything out, and I especially liked the high-neck floral design with white floral appliqués. It played into the 3-D trend that we’ve seen a lot of this season, but was done in a way that looked new.
Not even the appearance of a set of topless protesters, who stormed the stage in the middle of the show—one had “models don’t go to the brothel” painted on her back, whatever that means—could ruin the vibe. Copping knows what his customer wants, and he’s willing to give them that—and just a little bit more.