Nina Ricci Fall Winter 2019-2020 Paris Fashion Week. New appointed couple, designers Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh presented their first compilation for Nina Ricci.
They wonderfully picked up looks mainly from Pierre Cardin 60s, and also cleverly used their knowledge about Fall-Winter 2019-2020 Valentino collection presented in Paris by Pierpaolo Piccioli. So their collection looked very much alike. It is not clear why Nina Ricci decided to take this road and use compilation of other designers and houses, like history of the house and archives never existed.
Dutch designers Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh were picked up by Nina Ricci after winning LVMH Prize for the best compilation in menswear. Their winning collection for LVMH Prize is a collection compelling looks of Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Jean Paul Gaultier, and mainly resembled student work, “we also can do it”.
“They gave us a blank page,” said Lisi Herrebrugh at a preview, with disregard to distinctive design signature of the founder Nina Ricci, who brought Italian classy looks to France. She was the one of the first designers from XIX century, with culture of great tailor and contemporary dare. She was the first one who first brought African-inspired cocktail djellaba to French fashion in 1966. Nina Ricci left massive archives from 1883 – 1970.
Sublime style was also forgotten and replaced with compilation from other houses and designers. “It was quite a lot of research,” Lisi Herrebrugh said. And it makes sense. The had lots of learning to do. Perhaps there’s a time to learn how to create, and not only how to compile the work of other designers.