Guillaume Henry’s stint at Carven brought relevance back to the house, and now at Nina Ricci he is tasked with reinvigorating the brand. His success at Carven won him a top seat, but he had much to prove in the wake of Peter Copping’s departure for Oscar de la Renta. Copping is a fantastic designer, and his excellent work for Nina Ricci (which so often nailed the best of seasonal trends) often flew under the radar. Henry’s new position at Nina Ricci meant a chance for the brand to fight for broader fashion territory, and a more versatile consumer base.
Looks at Nina Ricci were slightly tomboyish, with oversized coats and elongated trousers cutting an insouciant figure on the runway.
Henry’s first move was a quick pivot that embraced a more youthful vision for the brand, but his respect for the feminine nature of the house was folded into the process. Looks at Nina Ricci were slightly tomboyish, with oversized coats and elongated trousers cutting an insouciant figure on the runway. From there, he experimented with fabric pairings and tactile elements, showcasing a wonderfully diverse line-up. There were sparkling, modest frocks, tufted fur coats, full lace dresses, hip fringed blouses, and metallic jacquard trenches in shades of taupe, ivory, navy, and black (save for one amazing candy-colored glitter dress). Everything was perfectly on pitch, with not a single wasted note. This refreshing collection ticked all the right boxes, delivering more than we expected, and heralding a new dawn at Nina Ricci. One can’t help but feel that Henry was the right donor to transfuse lifeblood into the veins of Nina Ricci.
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