Ever since being appointed as Nina Ricci’s creative director, Guillaume Henry has never failed his ready-to-wear mission with the fashion house, with this latest Nina Ricci fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection being wearable and covetable, indeed.
Presented yesterday during Paris Fashion Week, Henry’s latest efforts with Nina Ricci will strengthen the house’s identity while at the same time finding even more consumers, as Frenchman Guillaume Henry really knows how to charm new generations of Nina Ricci lovers with fashions that are neither too simple, nor too complicated or unwearable on a daily basis.
Inspired by a place where he has actually never been, namely Texas, Henry explored the imaginative powers of fashion and creativity with this latest Nina Ricci fall/winter 2017-18 collection, reinventing the cowgirl archetypes and ultimately just having fun with couture. “It’s fashion. It’s joy. It’s fun,” he declared backstage. “I’ve never been to view Texas,” he said, “but this is what I imagine.”
The collection took everything from one of America’s most characteristic places, and translated it all into fashion, mainly focusing on three distinctive patterns – cowboy-inspired coats, starry motifs, and earthy tones.
Like many designers, Guillaume Henry also dedicated most of his line-up’s color palette to browns, which varied from the lighter, almost pastel banana ones to the darker hues. They were featured on everything, from the coats to the boots, and really helped evoke cowgirl-inspired, wanderlust-infused scenarios we yet had to see at Nina Ricci. Such shades inevitably enhanced Henry’s gorgeous pinks, in which he dipped the collection’s grand finale garments.
The cowgirl-inspired coats, on the other hand, were designed while keeping cowboy shirt templates in mind, brought to life through the structured figures and slightly mannish-inspired cuts. I say “slightly” because the collection looked unapologetically feminine even when presenting the coordinated suits that, as a result, reminded us of the Eighties.
As for the starry patterns, Henry multiplied the “Lone Star” state’s symbol into cascades of patterns used to embellish the long, flared gowns, of course completed with thick belts cinched at the waists.
To better please Nina Ricci’s devoted, new and future audience, Guillaume Henry also took some of Nina Ricci’s standard Parisian-inspired references and transposed them to elegant furry coats, solid-colored pastel jumpsuits and suits, as well as rather risqué sequined dresses that truly exemplified his trademark, namely the way he likes (us) to have fun with fashion.
Like many other collections for fall, such as House of Holland’s, Moschino’s and Red Valentino’s, Nina Ricci’s takes on the fall/winter 2017-18 seasons denote the fashion industry’s clear preoccupation with America’s future, too, which is a fear that we will be exorcised through a playful kind of fashion in the years to come as well.
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The Nina Ricci pre-fall 2017 collection was a lovely assortment of outerwear and eveningwear, all with that well-known and loved refinery the label is known for. Creative director Guillaume Henry has fit right into his role at the brand, continuing on its best features while also moving to broaden the spectrum of what fits into its collections.
This shift resulted, for this pre-fall line, in a stunning color palette of shades that seem to be copy and pasted directly from a sunset; hues of pink and orange were interspersed with other garments in black and blue.
There was an overarching Western theme that was actually super discrete. There were no cowgirls that walked the runway, thankfully, but the theme was apparent in detailing. Henry addresses the elegance and confidence, and also uses as a controlled theme besides the Western edge.
“I’ve been at Nina Ricci exactly two years and so far I’ve been working with this idea of an elegant chic, self-confident woman – a woman who knows herself – with the use of a lot of strong, rich colors. This season, I wanted to express the same self-confidence but through something a little softer,” the creative director said in an interview with WWD. “Maybe it’s linked to everything that is happening in the world, I don’t know. There’s a desire for softness, cocooning, and protection.”
The Nina Ricci pre-fall 2017 lineup is made up of smart pieces that will suit professional women in their daily lives, while also adding in a pop of interest that’s unexpected for the overall theme of the collection. Tailoring was sleek and chic, with the silhouettes and the color coming in to shake things up a bit. For instance, a wide-lapeled suit jacket was paired with a tea-length skirt with a high slit; the suit is perfectly tailored and classy, with the shock factor coming in with the beautiful turquoise color.
Corduroy pants also had a striking revival in this collection, as a smart pair worn with a one-shouldered ribbed top with cutouts on either side. This could have easily been an ’80s aerobics moment, with the high-waisted sides and mesh cutouts, but everything was kept refined in perfect balance thanks to the smart eye of Henry.
There was also a pair of corduroy-inspired skinnies that is the perfect balance between professional and casual wear. The fabric was a wool with chalk-striped pattern, styled to resemble corduroy. It was paired with an oversized white peasant blouse with lovely lace laid over, tucked in so as not to overpower the slim pant.
Outerwear came in a variety of practicality and silhouettes. An oversized pink puffer coat would definitely keep anyone warm on the coldest days and nights, but an oversized grey trench would be a great choice for fall days when it starts drizzling outside. The whole ensemble was tied in well to the rest of the collection with mesh polka-dot tights and reflective sling-back booties. The polka dot mesh is a recurring element in this line, and really helps tie the pieces together, as are the booties.
Another turquoise garment came in the form of a slim raincoat in an iridescent turquoise fabric, with areas of transparent lines on the back. This is one of the more practical pieces in the line, and also happens to be one of the more lovely uses of color. A rabbit fur coat bore another resemblance to corduroy; it looks as soft in the picture as it is in person! “I really like that it’s fur but has the ease of a sweatshirt,” said Henry in his interview.
All of these pieces worked to promote the same two vibes – Western and confident-chic – without erring too far one way or another. This is just one more of many pieces of proof that Henry is steering Nina Ricci in the right direction.
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The Nina Ricci spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection showed during Paris Fashion Week and appeared to be more leisure and sporty inspired than before, but definitely in the best way. Typically, Nina Ricci collections have a tendency to be incredibly sexy, in the least subtle way, but the new direction for the spring 2017 lineup was exciting to see.
Creative director Guillaume Henry was inspired by Colombia, namely the hues pictured in the sunset over Bogotá, from deep purples to subtle pinks to soothing blues. Incorporating hints of athletic fashion and Latin influences, Guillaume Henry managed to put together the most mesmerizing Parisian chic collection for spring that targets self-confident women with an elegant style.
The colors were bright with a futuristic feel and still maintained an element of sexy that was just more subtle and functional than before. As prints go, the show did end up being a bit one note with a lot of stripes in the 41-ensemble collection; there was a lot of color and it was still interesting all the way through.
The trench coats were superb, designed to accentuate nearly everything in the collection flawlessly. They fit the perfect length requirements and were richly colored. There are a large number of pants in a wide range of cuts that are cut in a variety of complementary styles from high waisted to wide legged and even a pair of pants with cargo pockets. The looks are all different, fun and exciting and extremely wearable.
The skirts also have a very wide range of styles and include a leather button-up midi skirt with a very on trend long tailed belt. There is a sequin, low waist, belted skirt with a high center front split that is paired with a slinky tank.
Sequins made a lot of appearances in Nina Ricci’s spring 2017 collection as well, shimmering down the runway in several ensembles that included dresses, skirts and tops. The satiny velvet finish on pants and tops in the collection was not missed either.
So many of the looks were chic, accented with richly colored dark and bright handbags. Accessories also included little skinny belts and long tailed belts, chokers and scarves. The collection is very well put together with excellent leather handbags in a variety of colors, styles and sizes.
The jackets and plethora of tops included a lot of different materials, but complemented each other well. The tops were perfect for business wear, casual wear, dinners, brunch; these are great shirts that have very few limitations. The entire collection worked very well for someone who wants a great multifunctional wardrobe and wants to incorporate a lot sparkling and shimmering new pieces into their collection.
There is also a clear affinity for stripes throughout the Nina Ricci spring/summer 2017 collection but that does not make anything inaccessible to multiple styles. The mock turtlenecks, slinky tanks and interesting cuffs on the variety of shirts can mean there is something for every comfort level.
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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.
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Each designer is known for his or her style of fashion, with certain expectations given to the fans about what the upcoming seasons will be looking like, no matter what the top trends of the time period are. Nina Ricci is no exception in this, as it has long been known for being among the classiest of the fashion houses we have on a global basis. Appearing on the Paris Fashion Week runway with head held high, it was clear that the Nina Ricci fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection would be a major hit.
From the furry purple coat appearing second on the catwalk to the strappy grey slip of a glittery dress that fell second last, the line-up held quite a few gems that we are sure we do not want to go without, particularly not during the seasons where we are forced to cover up most. We see everything here, from the red ankle cropped pants to the dove grey blouses, the golden skirts with the center skits and the large number of black creations, the pantsuits with the oversized blazers and the open décolletage dresses; literally Guillaume Henry’s collection is all about the classically chic and we get to enjoy everything that offers in of itself.
The top trend of choice for the Nina Ricci fall and winter line is the center slit on midi dresses and skirts, the latter with high waists and near all with thin belts highlighting the hourglass figure. Things get pretty shiny pretty quickly in this collection though, including with the black pieces, from the slip dresses to the midi high-necked classics, the copper coats and the keyhole-slit pieces in red with the slit up the center of the legs.
Shiny miniskirts appear in brown, while the tulle used on some of the tops is super shimmery in the light. Dark silver skirts bring in the metallic with ease, while the moss green dress has its own manner of high shine. At the same time, there are lots of transparencies throughout as well, from the ruffle collar blouses to the tops of the black dresses, the lace edging to the pretty little midis and the high shine versions that show off the bras underneath with ease. It is actually rather interesting to see anything worn over the breasts under these transparent tops as well, since the trend has generally been to show off the nipples that lie underneath.
Out of the 42 different ensembles, we have to say that the pretty little spaghetti strapped midi dresses are our favorites for they are also the most wearable, but not for the autumn, unless we decide to head down south. The peep-toe and open-toe footwear rules the catwalk as well, though the pointy-toe pumps are equally covetable, if not more.
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Guillaume Henry has sent us a gift, wrapped in lace and tagged “The New Pre-Fall 2016 Collection for Nina Ricci!” And we’re hyped! Nina Ricci has always been known for its feminine style. The gentle, flowy, and soft look of a Nina Ricci girl haunts us whether we’re looking for a perfume or a dress. But Guillaume Henry is doing something different this time, and that’s why many consider the Nina Ricci pre-fall 2016 collection by far the best he has done for the house so far.
Henry is introducing a small dose of natural minimalism both in shapes and colors. It has put the house on the list of most up-to-date collections by designs, and not just another feminine image of the same kind that was slowly becoming redundant.
See for yourself. “I like to design feminine clothes that are not so proper, a bit scruffy, mixing the poor and the rich,” said Henry. The inspiration for this has probably been the terra-cotta dress or the pearl blue gown that would be the ultimate showstopper.
In fact, if you take a closer look, the collection does have many details you can get lost in, despite all the minimalistic standards. Take the deep green fur coat made of patchwork of Mongolian sheepskin and mink. Now that’s an intriguing combo, isn’t it?
We’ve also seen the season’s favorite, sheer lace pieces adding to the sexiness level. The most intriguing one is the strapped top made of sheer lace and … nothing else, just lace looks just as fine (thought Henry when making it … probably). It is revealing, and daring, but you’re not a standard woman, are you? Yes, we thought so too.
The color palette follows the general trend – black and white are in the leading roles, with other shades like baby blue and red intersecting the duo. Henry would not be the only designer this year to capitalize on white, stressing it out with a long loose dress that is oh-so-elegant and comfortable in the same time.
The muse of the Nina Ricci pre-fall 2016 collection has been a narrative about an actress, so mysterious and alluring that all men felt the magical ties towards her. Henry’s main focus was on the movements, gestures, and textures of the story, picturing her walking in the streets of Paris (need I go on?) and turning faces as she steps forward. The plain silhouettes are in the base, with some exception of the bell skirt (frankly, nothing can beat Dior at this one, not even Nina Ricci) and perfectly-constructed shoulders.
Henry has caught the appeal of a woman dressed in men’s coats and used the same idea in lingerie, dresses and even the ballgown.
The color palette, design details and even the way male attributes were used are very feminine, so the Nina Ricci fan base won’t have a reason to pick on. The fabrics were all selected to look soft, even the leather; it looks light as a paper. It’s a beautiful contribution and we can stare at every piece with amazement … what else can we do – it’s the Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry duet!
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Girlish screams bubble up in our throats as we looks at the sheer beauty that is Nina Ricci, full of color and the power to invoke strong desires. Yes, it may not be the best collection ever done by the House, but it is undoubtedly one of our favourites on the Paris Fashion Week spring 2016 runway for it is simply to die for. The colors, the textures, the feeling that we are overcome with when staring at the pale gold skirts and dresses and coats and trousers certainly knocks our breaths away.
The blinding red and the fun shades of green, from forest to moss to khaki colors are what create both fire and backdrop to the Nina Ricci spring/summer 2016 RTW collection, respectively. Mustard yellows clash with gold to really inspire us as we look to mix and match and create a wardrobe of our own. For surely we cannot be creating a spring and summer wardrobe with nary a Nina Ricci outfit among them! If nothing else, we have our eyes set on a sexy belted coat or two from among the line-up.
Designer Guillaume Henry makes Ricci look good. The bottle green leather was beautiful to open with and with the manner in which the model was presented so fresh in our minds, there is no way the Nina Ricci spring 2016 line-up is not one of the best shows seen in the past few days, if not the month. Red ruby lips are where are eyes are drawn, while shoulder length hair seems to be the norm all of the sudden.
There is a mature seductress born out of Henry’s work, one where the lady in question is not afraid to don a sheer green or pink silk top while leaving her breasts exposed to the chill in the air, which effectively gives them a hardened look. She is the mature woman who can pull on a glossy black apron and still come out the dominatrix with the rhinestone-studded straps. The Ricci woman now is one who likes things minimal but with small feathery embellishments that undulate with every step taken. She is good at what she does and that can make her a pretty bad girl, if you know which angle to look at her from.
Between ankle strapped sandals, lots of décolletage, feathery handbags, and shiny materials, this was a pretty lovely collection. It was like watching simplicity take on a slightly complex turn at this point or that, while gentle shimmers peeked through the high gloss from time to time, while the matte kind of drowned from place to place. Out only problem is the fact that the black shiny looks paired with the pale gold make the sweater, the skirt and the pair of trousers looks a lot like garbage bags, which is unseemly for such a sensually mature collection. Mr. Henry might want to fix that up a bit to prevent any misunderstandings for the combination of black and the golden hue certainly is the right mix.
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Refined, romantic, feminine – this is what we all like Nina Ricci designs for. Hurrying to say, that Guillaume Henry has made another fascinating line at Nina Ricci, the Nina Ricci resort 2016 collection, which continues his first collection of fall. We already saw a novelty in the traditional features of the house’s collections, like loosening the waists and adding some strict masculinity yet maintaining the soft femininity of the brand.
The new collection is washed-up by minimalism. The designers have given preference to less details and more shape, which is also kept least sophisticated. Though quite familiar, the long plain cold colored dresses are an always-winning choice for formal occasions. When working in an office, a woman always desires to keep her womanly, gentle nature without crossing the limits that are demanded by her formal surrounding. The collection seem to have been directed to help women achieve that very elegant slender stylish and at the same time alert image, which we think is a complete success.
We cannot but appreciate the manly suits, straight floor-length trousers that look gorgeous on a female body. Coco Chanel’s favorite clothing design once again proves to be timeless, sumptuous, and eternal. At times, brighter colors and unexpected patterns are injected to keep the interest on top. The yellow skirt with black long-sleeve blouse seems an always-wearable match. A more solemn booming sense is acquainted by the white dress with red floral pattern and peculiar solution to the shoulder part. It looks even better when combined with a hand purse of matching pattern.
Shirts, undeniably, are clothing items every woman considers a must-have. The light and deep blue shirts in the Nina Ricci resort 2016 line seem so handy to match with multiple types of classic trousers. And talking about trousers, we are a little unsure about the length of them in the collection, as it might serve a little distracting from a fancy look point. The gap is completely forgotten with the never-getting-old creamy trench coats that seem an alluring option enhancing the chic of the collection.
Finally, yet importantly, we need to express our delight about the face indication of the brand in the collection. The mild, tender light gowns have no rivals in being womanly. We absolutely adore the orange-brown sequin dress with a subtle dotted pattern. The sky-blue dress with a skin-colored thin belt looks amazing on the model giving her that chic aerial look. The character is made precise by again minimal, say, nude makeup, naturally loose hair, sharp edged shoes and sandals.
Overall, we are quite fond of the Nina Ricci resort 2016 collection, which seems so handy after crazy luxurious gowns and mind-blowing patterns of recently released lines of Versace, Gucci and other fashion giants. Henry Guillaume’s script has brought a new recognizable feature to the brand, which, we think, will set foundation to further magnificent creations from it. We are anticipating further releases that will be so close to our hearts and needs. Go forward with steady and resolute steps!
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The Nina Ricci fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presented on the Paris Fashion Week runway not only met but entirely surpassed our expectations as well in terms of style and sophistication. Guillaume Henry, Carven’s former designer, was rather quick to establish the French fashion house’s new identity, moving away from the ultra-feminine and often sexy looks that were appreciated by many, and giving the house a bit of his magic, teaching us to care about Nina Ricci, from its inception 83 years ago to date. The femininity that has always been a major part of the fashion house was not lost in this collection though; on the contrary, it was redefined with lace sheaths and narrow satin skirts. Fur coats were pieced together while matching tees and skirts were covered up in dazzling sequins; satin skirts were paired with patchwork cable knit sweaters, while a navy peacoat was thrown over a cream colored sweater and lacy skirt that’s perfectly transparent, despite falling to right below the knees.
The use of navy throughout is actually quite lovely, particularly with the exceptional tailoring and the focus on elongating the legs, a trend that has been common among most of the designers presenting their collections on the Fashion Weeks around the world. Between the high waists of the trousers to the midi hems of the dresses and the skirts, we have seen a tremendous amount of length appearing on the runways. Of course, for the shorter individuals in the crowd, that is quite the treat. Plus, with hems falling just below or just above the knees, we get to look sexy and demure, conservative yet with a flirty edge. It is so much better than walking about with every last inch of our legs hanging out, removing the whole aspect of mystery and the sensuality that inspires.
The use of navy coloring also extends to the pumps won throughout, while they also appear in black and white hues. The only other type of footwear we find in this collection is the single thigh high boot that extends almost to the top of the legs and that which has been seen time and again on the fall/winter Fashion Week runways.
The colors seen on the runway generally center around the navy, with bursts of stark white as well as pure black, complemented here and there with a brown fur coat, creamy ensembles and a single red glittering sequined dress that is almost blinding among the other more neutral colorings. Paired with white pumps, hair in a layered medium cut with the ends flipped out and bangs framing the forehead, and the dress itself a midi length with long sleeves and a round neck, this is a pretty lovely but feminine look that we totally expected from the new creative director.
It is certainly good to see that the Nina Ricci fall/winter 2015-2016 collection as a whole has not forgotten the older, more sophisticated customer that the brand caters to, while zeroing in on a new niche market as well. The keynotes by Guillaume Henry was stated to have been “femininity, sensuality, but simplicity” for the Ricci woman, wherein she need not scream out to the world that she exists but instead sashays through the days with sophisticated grace that lacks pretence.
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