By  on November 12, 2010

It’s Thursday morning, and Nina Ricci’s Peter Copping is on hour 23 of a two-day trek to New York. So far, he’s toured the SoHo design shops, including Moss (“I’m a little frustrated we don’t have something like that in Paris”) and Andrianna Shamaris, where he bought three cushions; checked out Guido Palau’s new Chelsea apartment, and hosted a trunk show at Barneys New York. Today, he’s hotel-bound in downtown Manhattan — in a few hours, the Oxfordshire, England, native will shoot a campaign with stylist Alex White and photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Then it’s off, back to JFK for the last flight out to Paris.

In many ways, this trip is Copping’s Stateside coming-out at the firm, where he took over as artistic director last year after a lengthy stint at Louis Vuitton. The trunk show, coupled with a similar event last week at Barneys’ Beverly Hills outpost, presents the designer as the face of the brand here for the first time; the ad campaign — also a first for him — presents his new Nina Ricci.

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