Our Spring 22 collection: aquatic and committed
Why is the deep blue a common thread in the lives and designs of our artistic directors?
The ocean. The sea. Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, artistic directors at Nina Ricci, have not had to look beyond the sea to find love, contrary to the refrain sung by Charles Trenet in the first half of the 20th century.
The ocean has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the designer duo ever since their own-brand “Fish or Fight” collection, which won them the Grand Prix du Jury Première Vision at the 33rd Hyères Festival in 2018. It continues to influence them today and can be seen in the new spring 2022 collection for Nina Ricci.
Photographed by Joshua Woods in the very heart of the French Riviera, this new creative work mingles functional forms inspired by water sports with a vibrant colour palette influenced by surf culture: turquoise, sky blue and violet. The tailoring cuts play with materials like neoprene and nylon, with cut-outs taken from beach sportswear. This creative and striking collection propels the Nina Ricci woman to a modern and self-assured look that breaks with conventions. Now the duo are going further still by making their connection to the sea a commitment, a cause to support, at both their own brand, Botter, and Nina Ricci through their partnership with the non-profit Parley for the Oceans.
This is undoubtedly a way for the two of them to show how important it is to speak up for the marine world. It has to be said that water has shaped our designer duo since childhood. It is part of their history and has made them what they are today. While they met in the Dutch port city of Amsterdam, it was in the Caribbean – Curaçao for Rushemy and the Dominican Republic for Lisi – that they developed their love of this vital ingredient for life.