If there are any celebrity stylists still scrambling to find the dress for their client's Golden Globe appearance this coming Sunday, please direct your attention to look 16 from Peter Copping's Nina Ricci pre-fall collection. Sultry yet still demurely covered up, the navy knit gown with a plunging black lace back is an award winner in our book. Since taking over the reins at the romantic French label in 2009, Copping has had the most success with dresses, and there were lots of lovely options at his intimate show this morning. In addition to that red-carpet stunner, he showed a polka-dot chiffon that fell in tiers to the floor and a bustier hourglass number in tweed, both of which were worn over clingy knit sweaters for a played down, casual look. A black dress in pleats and lace, meanwhile, was layered over a polka-dot bra that matched the bows on the model's patent pumps. "I call it the new twinset," Copping laughed.
He was joking, of course, but that sort of charming detail is becoming one of his hallmarks. You saw it in the unusual Japanese-made lace embroidered with paillettes and jewels that he used for a 1950's-ish cocktail dress and in the drawstring-gathered neck of a jade green sweater paired with a cerise pink knit pencil skirt. A bold way with color is another signature Copping is developing, and he hinted that it would be an important direction for his upcoming Fall show.