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Peter Copping’s Winter Garden for Nina Ricci

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Perhaps this is another one of those posts that make us wish it was Winter all year round, but we can’t resist to give you an update on what could be in your very own closets in just a few months. Peter Copping, French fashion house Nina Ricci’s new artistic director, presents a new A/W 2010-2011 collection inspired by what he calls a Winter Garden.

Fall and Winter seasons are all about blacks, greys, and all sorts of muted colours, and to that very basic rule this collection adheres. Fine, so what’s different about Winter Garden? Well, if you’re a flower person like Valentino, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that, while florals are pretty much only present, or acceptable, in Springtime, Copping has seamlessly integrated a predominantly Spring element into a collection meant for colder weather and browner leaves.

Our favourite picks from the line? Well, what do you think? It’s the “Fairies of the Flora” skirts (we made that up, we don’t really know what Copping prefers to call them), of course! Also, we welcome the addition of old rose to what is usually a colourless range of looks, but we think the pastels are a little more Resort than Fall-Winter. Case in point, that bright shade of red orange is actually a dominant hue in Oscar de la Renta’s Resort 2011 collection (as well as his Resort 2010 collection), which we reviewed here a month ago.

Overall, we are absolutely in love with Copping’s idea of crossing one of the most popular Spring elements over to the Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 collection. We say we need more of these because the whole muted colours and heavier fabrics thing for A/W is really getting old.

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