Workplace attire is one of those gray areas in fashion – and in a woman’s life, for that matter. The perfect balance between conservative and stylish can be a lifelong quest for some, one to which endless magazine pages have been dedicated. Not ones to flock towards conservatism, the industry’s leading designers have often shied away from the topic altogether, offering only a number of pieces every season that could be styled, if worn with this or with that, for the office. That being said, Fall/Winter 2014 is witnessing a return to more streamlined silhouettes and classical tailoring, with industry leaders dedicating entire collections to office-appropriate pieces.
A journey through different textures told the story of the Nina Ricci woman’s day, from boardroom to ballroom.
Peter Copping may not have devoted his entire collection to the subject, but he presented north of 15 options for his working woman. Gone were the gamine dresses, lace looks, and sheer whites from Spring 2014. In their stead, Peter Copping offered sober colors, knee-length skirts, turtlenecks, and elegant cashmere blanket coats. The addition of jutting drapes on the skirts, chiffon sleeves on the sweaters, and leather and fur to the outerwear kept the looks from reading “old”. In other words, the perfect balance between conservative and stylish.
A journey through different textures told the story of the Nina Ricci woman’s day, from boardroom to ballroom. Wool, chiffon, and leather for the workplace gave way to angora and cashmere-knit, pajama-inspired loungewear for her home. Dinner was served in more nighttime appropriate viscose, brocade, and lacquered fabrics, before high-society affairs called for lace, embroidery, sequins, silk, and macramé.
With a collection so perfectly built around the Nina Ricci woman’s workwear needs, there will be no shortage of swipe-happy patrons come next season.
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