Veni, Vidi, Ricci-------
Good news for fans of the Peter Copping-designed Nina Ricci label. Following the success of its first “Les Envies” collection, now selling briskly in stores and on Net-a-Porter, the French brand was showing off its next delivery here in New York yesterday. The capsule offering features wardrobe must-haves, hence the name, and sells for about 30 percent less than the runway pieces. “I wanted ‘Les Envies’ to feel easier and younger than the main line, yet still have the Ricci spirit,” Copping said via e-mail from Paris. “For the construction and attention to detail, the approach is the same as any other collection, although the final pieces remain simpler.” Simpler is a relative term chez Ricci. Little sweaters are backed with printed silk, coats come in teddy bear faux fur, and, of course, there’s still plenty of lace. Copping continued, “It opens us up to a broader clientele, which for me is extremely positive. But, to maintain our place as a luxury brand, I think it will be necessary to elevate part of the show collection—making it even more special.” See what we mean about good news?