Runway Report: Nina Ricci SS18

Inspired by the French foreign legion, imperial India and Don Quixote, “The Nina Ricci legionnaire is relaxed – her allure is natural and self-assured,” explained the brand for spring/summer 2018.
This was one super-chic capsule wardrobe, with transitional pieces taking you from beach days to work meetings, dinner, drinks and even the most lavish of cocktail parties. Attention to detail and craftsmanship was key here, with precise tailoring, even influencing structural denim outfits, leatherwork culminating in a butter-soft one-shouldered dress and all manner of luxurious embellishments.
Military notes included tasseled epaulets, double-breasted brass buttons and slim breeches to name but a few; a palette of black, navy and stone lending itself to the formal nature of the 19th century inspiration. Simple yet effective was the additional of luxurious pashminas, twisted around the neck to fasten and draping around shoulders – French styling at its best.
Adding a flirty, frivolous edge, primrose yellow was a highlight – we loved the lace bodysuit complete with aforementioned tasseled epaulets, teamed with a maramou lined full-length skirt and simple strap sandals. Later a bubblegum pink was added – most notably seen in block on a suit with high-waisted culottes and a oversized boyfriend blazer worn over a lace vest. Feathers covered super-short dresses too, adding all the necessary pomp and grandeur.

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