Runway Report: Nina Ricci AW18

Nina Ricci is a fashion house that doesn’t shy away from its feminine roots, yet this season Guillaume Henry fused it with his love of tailoring. The collection therefore was strong and sharp – silhouettes were deliberate rather than fluid and the palette bold opposed to subtle.

A cape-like shape featured throughout, seen on a black belted dress coat, silk shirts and even a voluminous black fur. Historic military references were also abundant with double-breasted buttons, fastenings and embroidery inspired by the Admiralty.
Later, PVC with a satin-like sheen was used for A-line skirts, gathered and cinched at the waist with wide leather belts and a cute slip dress with a lace bralette worn over a fine, nude roll-neck sweater. This marked the start of evening wear, another highlight being a crinkled silk satin white gown, a little 1930s in style with a high neck and capelet sleeves.
Silks and further, more structured bralette shapes continued a boudoir-esue feel, cemented by a tonal palette of fleshy nudes and sugary pale pink. Shapes were form-fitting, with cropped tops paired with slim midi skirts and flimsy dresses skimming skin. To conclude, outerwear even took on a robe-like appearance in a calf-grazing quilt

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