A blend of femininity with a classic touch and well defined seductiveness were the key ingredients that made the latest Nina Ricci Spring 2012 collection memorable at the Paris Fashion Week. With a noticeable sixties vibe and a balanced approach focused on elegance, the designer managed to create interesting alternatives for the next season that are worth considering.

After a few masculine touches at the beginning of the Paris Fashion Week, it seems that femininity is regaining terrain in collections of brands like Nina Ricci. As designer Peter Copping himself states, the latest designs in the spring 2012 collection are “Very chic, very French” and mentions the fact that he took inspiration from haute couture: “Sixties couture, if you like”. With the multitude of elegant feminine ensembles that enchanted the audience, it is obvious that the concept was well translated in the designs.

If we are to talk about prints, florals with a retro touch are the style trend endorsed by the brand throughout the collection. Comparing this trend with some of the florals seen at the Milan Fashion Week at brands like Blumarine, we immediately see that the brand targets customers with a slightly more modest approach to prints and color combos. Yet the collection is far from being conservative and the focus on lingerie-like structure and the sheerness of many pieces definitely demonstrates a fairly strong inclination towards sensuality.

With so many examples of mid-length skirts and dresses seen so far, we can safely say that such pieces are bound to become huge hits in the upcoming months. Lady-like elegance with a twist now replaces the obsession with short dresses that are rarely flattering for a large percentage of women. Simple sheen touches make evening dresses stand out without being over-the-top and simple, well placed details manage to impress within seconds.

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