Giddyup, girls. For Nina Ricci, Guillaume Henry looked at American cowgirl style through a Parisian lens, taking the best of the West for modern women. And where a strong inspiration like this could veer dangerously into caricature, Henry deftly steered towards everyday dressing with a sexy flare.
Henry started with a long, lean 70s silhouette – the kind that makes a gal wish she was 5’10 and built like Lauren Hutton. The better to wear the velvet trousers and ribbed knits in dark neutrals and pastels.
Cowboy and equestrian details were worked into a more modern colour palette – leather yokes on trenches, braiding on bags, silver toe capped booties, silk lariats, rein-like leather straps and a ton of fringe, which made for one of the neater effects throughout.
Plaids and solids dominated until Henry introduced a large female portrait that he used as a corseted top, dress and coat. A cool concept, it did feel like a different collection – perhaps an idea to hang on to.
The real cowgirls of the past probably didn’t wear much pink, but the rosy hue was out in full force here and it was a perfect way to balance Henry’s theme. The long fringed tendrils of a dress were controlled with a skinny belt and thin quilted car coat, while lightweight long-john-like dresses were spliced with lace at the hip and cinched with fun Western belts. All in all, it was a fun ride.
By Nandini D’Souza Wolfe
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US