Guillaume Henry revives the passionate side of Romy Schneider’s legacy by imagining her as a woman in love.
An Instagram post on Nina Ricci’s official account ahead of the show revealed designer Guillaume Henry’s mood board for Fall/Winter 2016, and the theme was singular: Vienna-born actress Romy Schneider peered from every photo. Those familiar with her personal life beyond her incredible body of film work know she was a tortured soul, but her on-screen characters were imbued with both passion and melancholia. Henry revives the passionate side of Schneider’s legacy by imagining her as a woman in love, perhaps even in a volatile relationship. As such, Nina Ricci’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection was bathed in a cinematic light, one that sparkled and glittered with sensual allure, but glossy leathers and sturdy outerwear kept the whole thing from becoming too precious.
Nina Ricci’s FW16 collection was bathed in a cinematic light, one that sparkled and glittered with sensual allure.
Henry’s passionate work is subdued at first, arriving in the form of a relaxed blazer and high Edwardian-style blouse paired with siren-red cropped trousers – only this hue signals the wild heart beating throughout the collection. His girl is on her way to a rendezvous, but she’s nervous to let her guard down just yet. She’s not quite sure if he feels the same way about her as she does him. Slowly, her desire builds, which is translated in evolving provocations: a sheer red top, a sequined blush-pink slip dress under a trench coat, a mesmerizing crimson dress with a subtle keyhole cutout on the chest. This is seduction made sophisticated. Through rich tapestries and smart tailoring, Henry’s work unpacks an amorous narrative. For those who have moved past the blush of youthful romance, there are also gorgeous Mongolian fur coats, shimmering ribbed knit dresses, supple leather trenches, checkered suiting, and more. Beautiful, wearable, and tinged with sensual appeal, this collection represents the kind of wardrobe that looks fantastic both on screen and off.