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After the departure a year ago of the Dutch duo Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh from the house, founded in 1932 by Robert Ricci, the announcement made the rounds of the fashion sphere when we learned, on December 21 via a dispatch, the appointment of Harris Reed as artistic director. 

© Marc Hibbert / © Harris Reed

Nina Ricci, a proponent of bold and optimistic femininity, called on the Anglo-American designer to write the rest of the story. A rising star in the fashion world, known for his designs and messages about society, his identity, and his gender fluid designs, he will unveil his first collection for the French label in early 2023 during Paris Fashion Week. 

At 26, he becomes the youngest creative to take the reins of Nina Ricci and brings his vision with a fresh twist on perspectives and archives while blending his expertise. 

Spotted by Alessandro Michele, he walked the runway for Gucci in 2018, then moved to London to graduate from Central Saint Martins in 2020. In the meantime, he created his “Harris Reed Fluid Demi-Couture” shows, presented in London in front of an array of celebrities. 

© Marc Hibbert / © Harris Reed
© Marc Hibbert / © Harris Reed
© Marc Hibbert / © Harris Reed

“I am honored to join the house of Nina Ricci, with its treasure trove of glamour, history, and power ready to be explored. I’m really excited to challenge what femininity means in fashion and beauty at such an iconic house,” comments the designer.

A bold, daring, and explosive profile that joins the values of freedom of a brand that has always wanted to invite talented voices to co-create “the air of the times,” as a nod to the famous perfume of the French house. 

Nina Ricci has always shared stories and values while advocating craftsmanship that puts women first, helping them to grow and get the best out of themselves. Robert Ricci, the historic creator, even explained that he only wanted to create for people who share his sensibility with a history filled with allegories and symbols, ranging from the Three Graces to doves, flowers, and apples in the shape of his perfume bottles. 

The house is above all a space of freedom where people can express themselves, giving the style a certain simplicity mixed with purity to craft an ever more creative wardrobe.

Thomas Durin