Runway Report: Nina Ricci SS17

The color violet in all its incarnations – from dusty lilac to intense magenta to deep raisin – provided the sensational start to the Nina Ricci Spring 2017 fashion show. Designer Guillaume Henry presented a series of separates executed in a myriad of purple fabrics as varied as sporty nylon and swanky charmeuse. This unconventional, monochromatic mix of fabric texture and weight felt fresh and current.

The Nina Ricci woman has always had an air of boudoir sex appeal, and this vibe was again evident in this collection thanks to lingerie-inspired details like scalloped lace trim, lots of transparency and unbuttoned blouses. When paired with slouchy masculine trousers, these subtleties supplied the necessary injection of femininity that makes for that elusive, stylish mix often categorized as French allure.

Vertical stripes of the black-and-white referee variety were also a recurring theme, presented both literally and as reworked tone-on-tone versions. Sportswear seemed to be a source of inspiration for Henry this season, evidenced not only by the stripes, but also by the nylon parkas, drawstring details, and cargo pants. A departure from the strictly Parisian theme usually so intrinsic to the brand, the infusion of soccer stylings into the Catherine Deneuve sultriness made for a collection rife with wearable pieces for day, and few sexy numbers for night too.

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A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.