Tell me a little bit about your inspiration this season.
Romy Schneider during the seventies was definitely a strong inspiration. She is beautiful, very strong yet vulnerable. At the same time, I also wanted the Nina Ricci woman to be a little more sensual, like the second time you meet someone.
What's the significance of the silhouettes you chose?
Spontaneous shapes invite movement. They are created to flow indifferently between day and night, free of seasonal notions. The ribbon tie is another signature for this collection. It holds the promise of a furtive, sensorial moment, on the back of an apron dress, as a
trompe-l’oeil scarf around the neck or wrapped thrice around the ankle.
How about the materials? I loved the shine and feathers.
Patent ostrich leather creates an almost synthetic edginess. Used like punctuation, the
feather becomes a new accent in the Nina Ricci lexicon. Treatments are rich but never
ostentatious. Contrasts and textures are key this season, I like the mix of fabrics and how it proposes a double-reading. Bold mixes of materials blend fragility and tension: ostrich
leather meets organza; feathers collide with paper-like leather.
How did you come about the color palette?
The bold color combinations create an unexpected chromatic harmony: slate green, rust, sky blue, lavender and cherry red.
Let's talk about the accessories. Why the long strap bags? Was it a mix of day and
evening? And the embellished straps?
This season’s bag, the Dido, is smaller and practical. We wanted to underline its relaxed
attitude by having the models carry it on the tip of their fingers. The strass embellished
straps, echoing the chokers, highlight the woman’s movements and gesture. Chic is really about gesture.
In a sentence, how would you describe the collection this season?
This collection broadens the vocabulary of a woman who is sensual and free; the expression of a sincere and determined femininity.
How would you describe the Nina Ricci aesthetic? What have you brought to the
house since you arrived?
I see Nina Ricci not really as a brand, but as a woman. To me the Nina Ricci woman is a
whisper. She is whispering instead of screaming ‘fashion’. I adore the idea that you notice her because of what she chooses to wear reveals a trait of her character. How can you be feminine without looking too decorative?
Who is the woman for whom you design?
I want to express the strength and vulnerability of effortlessly chic women, seductive by accident.
Tell me a little bit about your inspiration this season. Much of the
collection seemed like a wardrobe designed for an evening out.
I'm very inspired at night. I work and design a lot when it's dark and
there is a beautiful light it's calm and I listen to my music. I wanted to
design for that moment where you can feel free, have time in front of you
and do what inspires you. I wanted the girls to feel free, beautiful and
glamorous in their clothes.
If you could give the collection a name what would you call it?
"Les Oiseaux de Nuit"
What is the significance of the prints?
The Swallow bird print has been in the Sonia Rykiel heritage and it
How do the silhouettes help tell the story this season?
The silhouette is fluid and free. The materials create movement when
they walk and most have tails like beautiful birds.
Are there any fabrics or textures to call our attention to?
Plissé knits with stripes on the inside, plissé on silks, knitted
sequins, satin, and fabrics that create shine.
How would you describe the Sonia Rykiel aesthetic?
Feminine, with attitude and liberating the body; Keeping Glamorous.
Who would you say is the woman who is drawn to your pieces?
Women who enjoy clothes and details; Women who feel feminine and sexy without being obvious. A women who has presence and likes to be admired.