This was certainly the case in Peter Copping's deceptively complex spring-summer 2013 show at Paris Fashion Week, which floated ethereally by and matched the vintage feeling of last season's show.
Perhaps the mood was set by the millions of falling cherry blossoms — which mark the end of spring — that opened the presentation Thursday.
Or perhaps it was the floaty chiffon tops, the gentle pleated skirts, the halter necks, the flowing fringing or the soft silhouettes that harked to bygone days of the 20's and 30's.
Although the show opened with black designs, it melted like winter into spring, shifting into dusty colours of silver grey, blush pink, red and pale lavender.
Older women would delight in a beautiful taffeta "summer fur" coat in turquoise with fragile feathering.
Touches like zippers kept it modern for an accomplished, commanding show — the most feminine display so far this season in Paris.
But Copping needn't be feeling nostalgic himself — this collection shows he has a bright future with the fashion house.
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