Arguably one of the sexiest pieces of clothing in a woman’s wardrobe is a belted wrap front coat. Designer Guillaume Henry opened his sophomore collection with just such an item in a waxed bottle green leather, and little else. The model, her skin milky white and her lips ruby red, wore hers so far down her shoulders that it left a wide swath of a décolleté in its wake. Just an inch further and there would have been little left to the imagination.
It looks as if Henry has done away with the precious girly femininity that the Nina Ricci house had become known for and in its stead decided what the world really needed was a seductress.
A woman not afraid to wear a sheer green or pink silk top that leaves perky breasts exposed to the elements – taunting those around her to dare to make a remark. A woman who can wear a glossy black apron with straps out of rhinestones and make the matronly garment look sexy. A woman that likes minimalistic clothing, with just a bit of undulating feather embellishment from time to time, basically because it can be easily slipped off at a moment’s notice.
The sultry boudoir vibe of the show was a clever way for Henry to go. And overall he succeeded in his new approach.
The only aspect that tripped him up is that even if the clothing were done with the more precious of fabrics and constructed in the most complex way, the overall streamlined look of the collection will make it very easy to reproduce.
But for now, the Nina Ricci woman is standing on her own in the world. A woman who doesn’t ask for permission, but just might ask for forgiveness one day for being a bad girl, a very bad girl.