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Nina Ricci Spring 2012 Runway Review

One thing’s for sure, Peter Copping’s Nina Ricci designs are a far cry from those of Olivier Theyskens. While Copping’s shows may make Nina Ricci lack the drama of Theyskens’, they nonetheless succeed in captivating with unabashedly feminine – at times almost girly – designs. Given that Theyskens’ designs didn’t prove commercially viable, it’s fitting that Copping continues to take a safer direction that's more directly inspired by Nina Ricci's roots.

Fairytale-like romantic silhouettes dominated this season and included a number of looks fashioned out of floral prints based on works by artist Zina de Plagny (after which the collection was named), who collaborated with Nina Ricci in the 1930s and 1940s. The shorter print dresses and shorts made for young starlette-appropriate looks, while those cut just above the knee made for summer-appropriate dresses for an older, more conservative demographic looking for polished day dresses. Alongside the florals were lingerie-inspired bandeau tops, full and fitted skirts, as well as lace embellished and embroidered pieces.

The stand-outs were the final gown with its gam-exposing (albeit Gucci-esque) use of sheer fabric and the beautiful wide collar white belted trench with oversized pockets.