Nina Ricci Brings In African Motfis for the Resort 2017 Season
Retro inspirations from different decades and a ‘dress to impress (yourself)’ philosophy wrap up the Nina Ricci resort 2017 collection. The house’s creative director Guillaume Henry made sure his resort line was anything but boring, letting it spontaneously travel from more feminine to more masculine territories like it is no big deal.
The collection also naturally mixes Twenties/ Thirties motifs with the incredible passion for sleek and velvet fabrics many designers have inherited from the Seventies and Nineties, perfectly embodying the dynamic approach to art the Futuristic movement of the first decades of the XX century embraced.
Henry wanted us to feel the sun and dynamism of his creations, and even let us know what kind of images he filled his mood board with, namely Malick Sibidé’s portraits, Fela Kuti’s costumes from the Seventies and dreamy African landscapes. For his trans-seasonal collection, the designer thus travels both in space and in time, entirely focusing on pure fashion and beauty.
The line-up might in fact not be regarded as the most wearable, especially during the endless pre-spring rainy days, but is definitely worth checking out, especially if you are both always on the go and passionate about fashion.
Nina Ricci’s resort 2017 collection is mainly filled with evening proposals, which could be slightly toned down when combined with more casual jackets or pants. The tailoring techniques and embellishments used exude ultra polished vibes, and will inevitably appeal to those, who like to dress to the nines yet in a slightly unconventional way.
Slip tops, pencil skirts, clean-cut coats and uber-chic shirts with ruffled hems are this collection’s key elements, used at times as the founding staples for more risqué outfits. Netfish stockings, mesh materials and translucent embellishments take us back to the Nineties, yet always remind of the refined elegance and opulent kind of fashion of the Twenties. Vertical stripes, cropped cuts and mannish staples got perfectly combined with heroin-chic motifs, creating an appealing contrast that is almost addictive.
Given the fact that Henry drew inspiration from photographer Malick Sidibé and revolutionary musician Fela Kuti (a.k.a. The Black President), the line-up is infused with Seventies inspirations, the cropped bell-bottom pants, butterfly sleeves and earth-toned ensembles being the best illustrations of the era. Wedges and sharp pointy-toe kitten heels are a clear reminder of such influences too, although they have been designed with Nina Ricci’s Parisian legacy in mind.
It is also interesting to notice how, in contrast with most of the recently unveiled resort 2017 collections (just think about Moschino and Fausto Puglisi), Henry did not choose to conform to the style rules of the millennial audience, de facto confirming once again not only his knack for classic Parisian silhouettes, but also his traditional views on what fashion should be all about: pure elegance.
Photos courtesy of Vogue