Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nina Ricci Spring Collection

Paris, 2010
Peter Copping the new artistic director  for  Nina Ricci, Searched  into the archives of the company and  exhibited a collaboration of history and past designer influence  for spring! The clothes fun ,  elegant and whimsical with splashes of color. Peter previously designed for Louis Vuitton.  Love the frills and belted skirts.
The house of Nina Ricci was founded by Maria Ricci and her son Robert in Paris in 1932. Maria was 49 years old at the time, and after working at Raffin for so many years was itching to design her own creations. Madame Ricci designed gownswhile Robert managed the business and finances. She worked with the fabrics directly on the mannequin to ensure they had the right shape once they were finished. Nina Ricci designs soon became known for their refined, romantic, always feminine feeling that Maria imparted to all of her collections.
The House of Nina Ricci grew rapidly throughout the thirties and their one-room maison de couture became 11 floors in 3 buildings, operations developed by WWII to include leather goods and fashion accessories.
In 1948 The house of Nina Ricci launched 'L'Air Du Temps'. The "bottle with the doves" was co-designed by Marc Lalique and Robert Ricci. The Lalique family manufactured bottles exclusively for the House of Ricci until the 1950s.  By the early 1950s Nina Ricci was nearing 70 years of age and slowly withdrew from an active role in design, choosing to just keep an eye on the house. Her son chose the new head designer in 1954, the Belgian Jules-Francois Crahay.
Nina Ricci died on November 30, 1970  at the age of 87.Robert Ricci died in 1988 and the company was taken over by Nina Ricci's son-in-law, Gilles Fuchs.   The current  designer for Nina Ricci is Peter Copping who was designer for Louis Vuitton.

Models before show


Models getting a bite to eat
Anna Della Russo front row at the show

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