Relaxnews caught up with Guillaume Henry, creative director of Nina Ricci, after the label’s Paris Fashion Week show. The French designer talks about his spring/summer 2017 silhouettes, as well as the inspirations behind this latest collection.
What’s the womenswear silhouette for the spring/summer 2017 season?
What interests me the most about fashion is the narrative, emotional aspect, and this season, I wanted a silhouette that borrows from the codes of sport. And from a sport that we almost all know, with a soccer T-shirt and combat pants, for example. This collection sees the classic “[Avenue] Montaigne vocabulary” — which I love – combined with sporty touches.
What or who inspired this spring/summer 2017 collection?
Everything began with pictures of the sunset. This whole array of colors and what that evokes for me, how it takes me away, what it reminds me of, where it takes me, and what kind of woman it makes me want to dress.
The Nina Ricci woman seems to have two sides, both strong and vulnerable. Which comes through the most this season?
All women have these two facets. I love the contrast, and the Nina Ricci woman is a real woman who is full of contrasts, showing a strength of character yet infinite vulnerability at the same time. You know, I am very much inspired by the people I know, and I get the impression that the women around me feel super seductive one day, and entirely the opposite the next. I love it when we bring a human aspect to design.
The label stands out this season with a collection featuring lots of pants, whereas these have been few and far between elsewhere. What inspired this choice?
I wasn’t thinking in terms of concepts or trends. I simply asked myself what I wanted to do. And this season, it is through this particular garment that I was able to best express my desire to flatter women.
You chose a particular set design for the show with various lighting effects, what were you seeking to convey?
It should be seen as a last day of vacation, that you don’t want to end.