Nina Ricci has finally lifted off the cloud of gloom from the runways at the Paris Fashion Week with a colorful ready-to-wear ( RTW) collection, Feb. 28.
While most designers have been playing subtle with shades of black and white, Ricci broke the boundaries and mesmerized the audience with classic red dresses along with blacks and ivory.
The collection was impressive all in all but what was impressive was Ricci's imaginative use of the color red. With lots of dainty laces and ruffles, the fashion house took our breath away with its designs. The dresses varied from figure hugging and lean to flared and flirty.
A red figure hugging strappy dress with a plunging neckline was one of the highlights of the collection.
Ricci's collection by designer Peter Copping was a breath of fresh air with models walking the runway in elegant and fashion forward dresses that brought out their femininity. The collection also featured mesmerizing black dresses with ruffled collars, boat necks, bows and fur lined.
Models were also dressed in skirts paired with satin shirts in ivory that were a dramatic contrast to the dark colored skirts. The fashion house also showcased fitted tailored blazers in off whites and blush colors that would be perfect to add a hint of joy to the gloomy autumn/winter weather.
Black dresses have been a party norm for ages. It is also regarded as one of the most formal colors but Ricci's collection gave it a new and creative edge. A black A-line satin skirt with rose detailing on the sides paired with a nude colored bustier top was eye-catching. And just when we thought that it couldn't get better another model showcased a stunning floor length off shoulders gown with a similar rose pattern on the edges and clinched under the bust.
The models were sporting a bright red pout and hair pulled back in a neat ballerina style bun. Last season the show closed with a shower of confetti and this time the mood was amplified by musician sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque playing on a grand piano.
Talking about the inspiration behind the collection, Copping told WWD that he had taken hints from the advertisement David Hamilton had done for the brand in the 70s. He described the collection as, "picking up on the very soft side of it," referring to the ad.
All we can say is that we are floored!