Our planet’s oceans are a perennial source of awe and optimism for Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, who invoke its infinite beauty throughout the Nina Ricci Summer 2022 collection. A source of abundance, a summer playground and an endlessly shifting visual landscape, the water provides a prism through which the codes of Parisian femininity ripple and reflect. Seen through the season’s aquatic lens, rockpool and reef shades of sand and kelp green, turquoise, oyster grey and chartreuse radiate a tropical glow against the glare of optic white and black.
Technical elements collide with fluid textures in an exercise of evocation and transformation, for silhouettes that reveal soft, floating fabrications and skin in equal measure. Keyhole tailoring in terry cloth unveils colour fields of bright satin or halter bandeau tops in slinky Milano knit, and a peak lapel jacket is deconstructed as a gilet, bustier or flowing chiffon paréo dress. Anemone polka dots and sea flora create solarized graphic moments in crèpe column skirts layered with fishnet knits, and form-fitting Lycra bodies zip into scuba hoods. Referencing surfer’s wetsuits and boardshorts, gabardine culottes flare with cut-out hip details, trousers are split with bonded ankle zips and modular drawstring skirts bubble in soft paperbag volumes above the knee. In a playful wink to the world of watersports, accessories mirror the collection’s textures and tones, from terry towel or 3D printed mesh mules with glossy cylinder ‘snorkel’ heels to rubber ‘flipper’ bags and molded rock shoes.
In a sensory overload of vibrant colour and rapid movement, an immersive short film entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Mermaids’ explores the collection in dialogue with the awesome power of the elements. Conceived as a hybrid encounter of physical and digital interaction, graceful gestures of fabric shroud the body as an LED runway set is engulfed by walls of water and models plunge like sirens into the blue. A dynamic photographic portfolio furthers the sensation of perpetual movement inherent to the season.
All images courtesy of Nina Ricci
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