04/03/2011 12:52 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Catwalk Review: Nina Ricci A/W 2011/12

Nina Ricci catwalk Nina Ricci's a/w collection. Photo: PA

DESIGNER: Peter Copping for Nina Ricci

Using his autumn pre-collection as a template, Copping focused on portraiture, with Sargent's Madame X a big influence, as were the works of John Currin and Marlene Dumas.

Our favourites were created in rich, dark velvets; wide-leg trousers tied with rope-like belts, while red carpet-worthy gowns that clung to the body and featured Sargent-esque dramatic necklines in clarets and bottle green. Elsewhere Copping's fragile aesthetic was apparent in delicate lace and sheer blouses that revealed the décolleté.

This was a collection that was confident, and unapologetically feminine and romantic. Copping showed a new, sophisticated direction - and in the wake of Nicole Kidman's patronage at the Screen Actor's Guild last month, we expect to see more of Copping's designs on the red carpet very soon indeed.

See our favourite looks in the gallery below:,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=989110&pid=989109&uts=1299261194