Q&A With… Peter Copping

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Nina Ricci’s Creative Director, Peter Copping, is a man of enormous talent, credited with having revived the renowned fashion house with his brilliant designs. Read on as we interview him about his past, present, and future.

Your Fall/Winter 2011 collection was refreshingly feminine and relatable to the modern day woman. What is your favorite piece from this collection?

My favorite look is number 1, worn by Juju. The feminine silhouette was achieved by using stretch wool. It is extreme, yet with comfort. The fur hat adds a touch of drama.

One of your projects when attending the Royal School of Art in London was to design a Nina Ricci wardrobe. Did you have any inkling at the time that this would have prescient echoes into your future career?

None whatsoever! If only I could have seen the future.

Is there any truth to the rumor that you will be expanding the Nina Ricci brand into a line of bridalwear and lingerie?

 Wedding dresses, for me, go hand in hand with the Ricci spirit. Whether or not we will do a bridalwear line is another question. We already do special order wedding dresses for very important clients. Lingerie too, can become an important part of the collection at Nina Ricci. We already have a lingerie license.

What inspires you from season to season?

Many things. A film. An exhibition. Women I know. People in the street. Vintage fashion. I find inspiration from many different sources.

Who is the Nina Ricci woman?

Feminine and romantic, but with a strong personality.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?

To always follow your instinct.

How do you stay true to the image of the Nina Ricci house?

The aesthetic for Nina Ricci is very close to my personal taste. It makes the design process much, much easier.

Have you ever been moved by reactions to your designs?

I am always happy when women tell me they enjoy wearing the clothes, and especially when they notice the subtle details that make the pieces special.

If you weren’t a designer, you would be…?

An antique dealer.

What type of people/personalities do you choose to surround yourself with?

My team is 98% female. It is important to have the opinions and thoughts of women.

What is your ultimate career goal?

To continue working and to enjoy myself in the process.

Click through the gallery below to view our picks from the Nina Ricci Fall 2012 collection.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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