Nina Ricci

Guillaume Henry’s moody and futuristic spring brought a new edge to every French femme’s favorite fashion house, with touches of goth and an overhaul of gloss to add to the distinctly ’90s undertone at Nina Ricci.Nina-Ricci-spring-2016-paris-fashion-week

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Lacquer covered almost everything at the Nina Ricci spring show, from vampy lips that matched the glossy oxblood runway to the majority of the leather looks. Feminine takes on masculine cuts like stiffly structured jackets, silk palazzo pants with cargo touches and over-the-hand sleeves hit the dimly lit runway. More typically girly pieces were mini dresses with poufs of ostrich feathers and micro-pleated shifts that stood out as the collection’s most understandable elements. Coat dresses made an appearance, their mannish silhouettes broken up with deep V necklines, while simple silk blouses were accented with sheer apron-inspired overlays.

Shop: current season Nina Ricci



Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

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As this season’s quartet of Fashion Weeks zipped itself closed and exited stage right yesterday and I boarded a plane bound for familiar faces, the voice in my head was never more like the diaristic Doogie Howser crossed with SJP doing her Carrie Bradshaw narrations. So please indulge me as I attempt to make some sense of the sit-com/sci-fi/drama that was these last 30 days of runways, real ways, icons, offbeats and more.

But …. I’m not ready to bring my Fashion Week coverage to an end per se—stay tuned in the weeks to come as I take you behind even more brands and share some special showroom stories and scenes—but for now I’ve distilled a month’s worth of impressions and ideas down to five notions of what the phenomenon of Fashion Month means right now. 



We just couldn’t stay away from the lovely Helena Bordon. This blogger is back with another perfectly casual and chic outfit. Helena always adds a little something unexpected to her looks, and that furry Fendi is so kitschy and fun. Helena’s white tee and trouser pairing totally fit today’s summery vibe. A knotted shirtwaist adds a touch of normcore, while stilettos keep things classy.

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:

White Scoop-Neck Tees | Blue Trousers | Yellow Pumps

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Splendid Scoop-Neck Tee | Vince Trousers | kate spade new york Pump


Kate stopped all of us photographers in our tracks at the Jardin des Tuileries today. Not only is she absolutely stunning, but her jumpsuit is an amazing statement piece. Animal print is popular here in Paris and this modern, silky one-piece is a winner. Kate’s conceptual belt adds a sleek cinch to the silhouette. J’adore!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:

Long-Sleeve Jumpsuits | Metal Belts | Strappy Black Booties

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Haute Hippie Jumpsuit | Alexander McQueen Belt | Rebecca Minkoff Bootie


Street Report: Lala Outside Balmain

It was unseasonably warm in Paris today, so Lala’s look is perfect for the weather while hinting at the season to come. Her moto vest is cool and urban, and I love the pairing with a feminine skirt. Lala keeps the genre play going with her studded stiletto boots and modern Chanel clutch. Merci pour l’inspiration, Lala!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:

Black Moto Vests | Tweed Skirts | Black Studded High-Heel Boots

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Halogen Moto Vest | Nina Ricci Miniskirt | Valentino Bootie


Paris Fashion Week: September 25

Highlights from yesterday’s shows: four distinctly different takes on retro styling from Carven, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens.

The swingin’ ’60s designs at Carven were inspired by speed, from racing graphics to road stripes, and the results are deliciously wearable. Figure-flattering A-line shifts and boxy car coats race into the new century fueled by python details and Japanese-inspired prints that play to our decade’s obsession with fun mashups.

Carven delivers a perfectly mod meditation on Speed Racer with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

A mod meditation on Speed Racer—with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

Nina Ricci
The romance of the 1940s is alive and well at Nina Ricci. A parade of pretty shift dresses, elegant jackets and beautifully draped separates evoke the freshness of springtime and the optimism of new beginnings. Shell pinks, egg yolk yellows, baby blues and earthy browns highlight tactile, touchable fabrics that will feel like an absolute dream against the skin.

The theme at Nina Ricci this season? Perfectly pretty, romantically retro.

With this collection, Alber Elbaz celebrates the women he loves. Simple silhouettes and forgiving fabrics are elegantly draped, then brought to the next level with dramatic accessories like python belts and sculptural statement necklaces. The jacket is an important piece this season, with boxy, bold shoulders and rich details.

Lanvin celebrates women by offering simple silhouettes with rich, intricate detailing.

Rick Owens
Inspired by Bauhaus architecture and the Ballets Russes, Rick Owens presents one of his loveliest collections to date. Flights of tulle escape from the sides of strict shift silhouettes, like ballerinas sneaking out of a Walter Gropius girls’ school. Textures are ethereal with charmingly uneven or unfinished hemlines, and counterbalanced by an earthy, restrained palette.

rick-owens-spring-2015-paris-fashion-weekRick Owens riffs on the question, “What if the brutalist movement went to the ballet?”

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Runway Rundown: Nina Ricci

Drawing on his passion for home interior design, Nina Ricci‘s Peter Copping looks to the lifestyle of French-American art collector Dominique de Menil for inspiration for fall 2014. Copping imagined what a woman like Dominique would fancy wearing in her own environment and created a collection that highlights the versatility of loungewear accented with opulent brocades, appliqués and cashmere.

Qianna Smith

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Nina Ricci Resort 2014


Timeless Style: Nina Ricci Strapless Floral Embroidered Gown

Today marks the birthday of the late, great Italian-born fashion designer Maria Nina Ricci, who founded her namesake collection over 80 years ago. In celebration of her illustrious career and iconic house, watch creative director Peter Copping present his resort 2014 collection in New York City and take away the exquisite craftsmanship that is rooted in the brand’s DNA.



In the Studio: Nina Ricci

Join The Thread at the Paris-based maison of Nina Ricci, where we dive into the details of the spring/summer 2014 collection.

Let There Be Light: Bursts of sunshine fill the showroom of Nina Ricci, exposing glittering tweeds and ethereal fabrics.

Breakfast at Nina Ricci: C’est si bon.

Lovely Lace: The last looks presented on the runway now drape on dressmaker mannequins like works of art.

High-Tech Luxe: Sharp lines on this coat crafted from technical cotton hint at an historic period in men’s dress.

Pleats Please!: This timeless coat reveals an architectural nod to modernity with sleek, tailored pleats that add a preciousness to the construction.

Contrasting Textures: A lace skirt is fused with mirror embroideries, revealing a sparkling sentiment for spring.

It Comes Down to the Details: Crepe embellishments on the shoulders of this cotton jacket create a delicate and elegant effect.

Wardrobe-Ready: Peter Copping, the brand’s creative director, mixed pale hues and flashes of floral into his otherwise all-white palette.

Fields of Flowers: Layers of printed chiffon and subtle floral appliqués enhance the romantic mood of the collection.

A Canvas of Sophistication: Washed-out, watercolor floral makes an artfully feminine statement.

The Look to ♥: Our designer apparel buyer, Sahar Sokhandan, shares her thoughts on one of the standout looks for spring:

“What I personally love about Peter Copping is that he takes the thinking out of dressing. He makes it effortless. One of my favorite looks from the spring line is this extra-fine cashmere sweater paired with a pleated lace mini-skirt. It’s ultra-chic and luxe! I don’t know any woman who wouldn’t want to look like that.”

Shop our Editor’s Picks from the current collection.

Nina Ricci Lace & Satin Dress | Nina Ricci Bouclé Pencil Skirt
Nina Ricci Chiffon Back Tank

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland


“White… is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black…”—Gilbert K. Chesterton

In the midst of Fashion Week chaos, Nina Ricci‘s Peter Copping managed to usher in a calm stillness in the tightly packed tent at the Tuileries. A floor-length diaphanous screen whisked across the runway, creating an ethereal atmosphere that set the tone for the light and airy collection. The screen cleverly divided the room, bringing all attention to the 48 uber-femme looks that followed.

Various white tones in alabaster, chalk, plaster, chantilly and porcelain monopolize the color palette.

For fall 2013, Copping crafted a collection that incorporated fiery red fashions, and for spring he moved in what seems like the polar opposite direction. Backstage, the designer explained how the two colors have more parallels than meet the eye. “There’s a quote by Gilbert K. Chesterton that is included in the show notes that basically says white can be as strong as red, and that really resonated with me for spring,” he says.

“Last season, there was a red environment in the décor for the show and in the clothing, and now that has all been stripped away. There’s still just as much force. When it went to being about all white, it allowed me to really play around with the fabrics, which resulted in very rich textures.”

 A burst of textured floral prints unify the delicate nature of the designs.

Touches of rosy grey, beige and gold add a shimmer and a contrasting pop of color.

Lace and pleats are key recurring themes.

Ultra-delicate skirts and embellished knits make a streamlined statement.

Take note of the cuts and precise tailoring on jackets.

Jackets draw inspiration from 18th-century English men’s riding coats.

The bag to covet this season comes in the form of an envelope-shaped clutch. Perforated leather is a must for spring ’14.

Subtle luxe statements come in the shape of dainty metal handles on bags.

Head-to-toe summer elegance concludes the show.

Outside the show, we spotted our executive Designer Collections team, who shared their thoughts on the collection. “Peter did a great job of incorporating all the key trends we’ve been seeing in terms of floral and pleats,” says Jennifer Wheeler, our VP of women’s designer apparel (pictured left). “The colors were so beautiful. They had a lightness and femininity to them, which Nina Ricci is really known for.”

Jeffrey Kalinsky, our EVP of designer merchandising, adds that he also thought the collection was beautiful. “I particularly loved all the short lengths. It made everything feel that much more fresh.”

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland