GUILLAUME HENRY’did a great job at following in the footsteps of Peter Copping at Nina Ricci, who left at the end of last year to go to Oscar de la Renta (Paris this season has been all about the musical chairs of jobs in fashion).
The collection stayed faithful to Copping’s work, Henry bringing with him an added layer of cool.
But this was definitely a more grown-up output from him : the Nina Ricci woman is nothing if not ladylike, a little bit prim and a little bit proper.
He continued that – day coats and demure midi skirt lengths; tweedy coats and column silhouettes; elegant lace and a respectful and lovely colour palette of camel, navy and shiny silver, cerise and indigo sequins.
The fringed bracelets will be the covetable talking point, and brought something new to a wrist that holds a proper handbag. Those same strands extended long and free on jackets and dresses too, tufty panels of texture and cosy cable knits among his line-up.
Peter Copping stayed true to the late Oscar de la Renta; Carven’s new boys stayed true to Henry’s version of the house; and he stayed true to Copping’s at Nina Ricci. The domino circle is complete.