Designer Peter Copping looked inward for his fall/winter 2014 womenswear collection for Nina Ricci. No, he didn’t do any sort of deep soul searching. Rather, he latched onto the idea of using interior décor and transforming it into a collection of ready-to-wear for women.
It’s not as far-fetched a concept as it sounds. It’s one that has been implemented successfully by other designers in the past and in the hands of Copping, who has always been able to effortlessly connect with his feminine side, it once again proved itself to be a potent starting point.
The designer explored both the literal and figurative aspects of what exactly interior décor means. For the literal, we can point to the pink iris printed pieces and the dresses cut-out of shimmering brocade that could easily echo the wall coverings in a woman’s boudoir. And there were the black velvet ensembles, embellished with a bit of floral lace or the fantastic velvet sweater and skirt combo. The beautiful materials that made those designs would also look lovely covering a lounge chair or a bedroom poof. These correlations in no way belittle or detract from the work that Copping did; each of those designs had an undeniable feminine refinement to them.
As for the figurative facet to the designer’s interior décor idea, this had more to do with the relaxed nature of the collection and the easy, somewhat subdued, silhouettes Copping showed. There were lots of feel good cashmere turtleneck sweaters, yielding blanket coats, delectable pajama pants and slip on and go silk crepe dresses to go around for an elegant woman looking for attire to wear while entertaining at home.
It was as if this collection were designed for women who dressed for themselves and nobody else. Never needing any approval from the outside world. It’s a perspective that Copping also seems to adhere to as he continues on his journey to make beautiful clothes for the world’s beautiful people.