May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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A DAY AT THE CAFE
New York: Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping spent an entire day at the Paris institution, Café de Flore, observing the patrons and passersby and gaining inspiration for his Pre-Fall collection. He wanted to get in touch with what women wear in the morning, during the day, and at night. The evening has never been a problem for Copping, whose cocktail dresses and gowns are always exquisite, but it was wise of him to hone his daywear skills. The results – trim tweed suiting pieces, inspired sweaters, and drape-y blouses – were daytime appropriate while still projecting the unabashed femininity for which Nina Ricci has come to be known. There were skirt suits galore, but not of the average variety. Copping was unafraid of color, texture, and embellishment, which made for suits that stood out. Evening, of course, was a high point. This season’s dresses captured a 1930s vibe, and one could imagine chic Parisiennes swanning about the Café de Flore in them both then and now.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Hourglass / A-line / Fit-and-flare / Broad-shouldered
Color: Carnation / Royal purple / Lemon yellow / Saturated green / Ice blue / Fuchsia / Black / Blush / Anthracite / Beige / Cream
Key Items: Houndstooth skirt suit / Draped tops / Twofer cardigan-sweater / Draped chiffon dress / Satin gowns
Materials: Nubby tweed / Silk charmeuse / Fine- and medium-gauge yarns / Cloqué / Chunky twill / Bouclé / Satin / Menswear suitings / Chiffon / Panne velvet
Print + Pattern: Feminine florals
Details + Trim: Lace appliques / Peplums / Draping / Contrast lapels / Fortuny pleats / Fur trim / Fabric appliqués / Sequins / Feathers / Tightly-packed ruffles
Accessories + Footwear: Berets / Fur scarves / Top-handle bags / Bowling bags / Embellished clutches / Skinny belts / Opaque tights / Pointy-toe pumps
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