Up-and-coming Dutch design duo Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh have been selected as the new artistic directors of Nina Ricci. They will oversee the label’s ready-to-wear, with their first collection being shown during pre-fall 2019. Their first official collection will be presented at Paris Fashion Week in March for FW19.
It’s a somewhat unlikely choice considering the Parisian fashion house has been around for more than 80 years. Charlotte Tasset, Nina Ricci’s general manager, said, “I am very happy to welcome Rushemy and Lisi. Their universe expresses a passionate force, a sincerity and an extraordinary boldness deeply rooted in their time. Mixed with the natural sweetness and poetry present in their vision, this unique creative spirit will give birth to a new Nina Ricci woman.”
Rushemy Botter won the main award earlier this year at Hyères, the fashion festival for emerging designers, and they also were nominated for the prestigious LVMH Prize. Botter, the duo’s menswear brand, will relocate from Antwerp to Paris. “We are very honoured to be a part of this fantastic project,” Rushemy and Lisi said in a statement. “We feel very inspired by the fresh, feminine and subtle codes that make Nina Ricci such a beautiful ode to femininity.”
Guillaume Henry left his position as creative director of Nina Ricci after three and a half years. Botter and Herrebrugh will be a breath of fresh air for a label that’s remained fairly unchanged for perhaps too long. In a press release sent out by Nina Ricci, the new artistic directors were described as “hedonist and fashion-forward design expertise” with “a poetic and playful yet architectural and grounded approach to silhouette.”