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Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2018

Nostalgia for recently departed rock icons — from Prince and David Bowie to France’s Johnny Hallyday and France Gall — was the collection’s starting point. Guillaume Henry channeled the ”ambivalence” of the Nina Ricci woman — “You don’t really know if she’s day or night; if she’s shy or self-confident” — through the story line of someone waiting backstage, dressed to impress but with an everyday parka draped at the shoulders, or a cozy mohair knit.
Red was the headlining hue, mixed with deep purple. Pick-and-mixing elements from the wardrobe, Henry paired the house’s signature mannish peacoat with a long silk cady and viscose dress with an open neckline and a fringed hem with swing, or layered a vinyl vest spewing fake pink Mongolian fur over a men’s-inspired shirt in an allover logo print.
In the mix were asymmetric knits, a chintz purple velvet flared tuxedo suit with a structured shoulder, a raw-edge camisole with strass straps that can be layered over a shirt or a pajama pant, and a cute silk crepe bi-color plisse mini with a sweatshirt cut and a dash of strass at the neckline. Cowboy boots finished off the look.
For the collection’s “bisou” print, Henry asked members of

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