In one way or another, Peter Copping is always guided by the life of a chic Parisienne, and his pre-fall collection for Nina Ricci was no different. “I was thinking of French women sitting in cafés,” Copping said at the small presentation, where his inspiration was evident in the handful of bistro chairs artfully scattered around the stage. It also came via a breadth of looks — the French, after all, enjoy a cafe rendezvous at all times of the day. Throughout, Copping worked a romantic thread with ample charm, from pretty day separates in brights (pink, turquoise, fuchsia) to some lovely eveningwear, including a blue gown in a Thirties column silhouette with cutout floral appliqués and a chic smoking minidress with a lace back. There were also some great suits done in heavier, checked men’s wear wools, adding a mannish touch that nicely balanced Copping’s ultrafeminine aesthetic.