Peter Copping revealed in his press notes that he'd been pondering interiors as he put together his Nina Ricci fashion, so we were eager to see how this transpired. Copping is an undeniable romantic at heart, and the interiors he favours reflect the poetry and patina of the past. It wasn't surprising, then, that the materials he worked with - especially the floral jacquards, brocades and appliqué tinged macramé laces - had the rich opulence of a stately drawing room, or silk-lined parlor of a refined woman. But despite the fabrics' provenance, this collection wasn't at all stale or dusty. Some of our favourite moments in the show, such as the leather front-cashmere-backed, cropped sweatpants, or the cinched-waisted, peplumed silhouettes in technical fabrics - were downright cutting-edge. Copping excels in feminine gowns and this season he cut them in curve hugging floral laces. They were, as usual, flawless. But we had our eye on next season's must have coat: a grey furry version that bled seamlessly from a closely cropped pile into long, fox panels between its full-skirted pleats.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans