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!
Photos courtesy of Vogue