Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Fashion Education: Nina Ricci

Continuing my quest to teach DC about high end designers and labels who's names aren't tossed around "Sex and the City" I am going to write about the amazing design house Nina Ricci.

Nina Ricci with Olivier Theyskens piecesSome Nina Ricci Pieces from the Olivier Theysken head collections

Founded by Maria “Nina” Ricci and her son Robert in Paris in 1932, it was well-known for a floaty, feminine aesthetic. In 2006, Olivier Theyskens joined as creative director, to much acclaim. He managed to combine the original, romantic feel with a Parisienne-punk twist and fashionistas all over swooned. But inexplicably, he was let go after the fall 2009 season, and former Louis Vuitton designer Peter Copping now heads the house. Nina Ricci Spring 2010
Spring 2010

Luckily for us I think the collections are still quite beautiful. They are definitely less edgy, which is a shame, but the ethereal vibe remains intact.
Fall 2010

You can buy Nina Ricci at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, and their bags at Barney's, but watch out for the crazy expensive prices! A tulle dress could easily run you $3,000! If I had to come up with a more affordable label that was similar, I would probably say Rebecca Taylor and maybe Tracy Reese?

I previously educated you on Thakoon and Rodarte, what's up with me fixating on floaty feminine designers? Next up will be Henry Holland or Jeremy Scott ;)

Pictures from NY Mag