The ocean, a perennial source of awe and optimism, was the source of Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter’s Spring/Summer 2022 outing for Nina Ricci – on par with their offering over at BOTTER this season -, if you couldn’t tell right away from the crèpe column skirts layered with fishnet knits, gabardine culottes flare with cut-out hip details referencing surfer’s wetsuits and boardshorts, 3D printed mesh mules with glossy cylinder “snorkel” heels, rubber bags and bustier or flowing chiffon paréo dress that comprised the collection.
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In lieu of a live runway, they filmed a video (called “Tomorrow’s Mermaids”) where the set was engulfed by walls of water and models plunged underneath. A color palette of reef shades like kelp green and turquoise brought the point home.
After a couple of transitional seasons, Botter and Herrebrugh appear to have found their groove back at Nina Ricci. The vibrant colors and confident constructions gave the collection – their most personal collection since they joined the house in 2018 – an upbeat, yet polished appeal.
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