Nina Ricci: Feminine French Fashion

After long hiding behind the creative block and piling duty, this post would mark a comeback *cough, not really* for me. This is an article written by a friend of mine and it seems perfect to be put here. Hope you love it!

Nina Ricci, the French fashion house, provides women with some of  the best in ladylike gowns, ultra feminine clothing and sensual perfumes. Offering collections that are full of lace, flowy fabrics and unique lines, Nina Ricci has become the  go-to brand for those looking for Parisian chic styles. Come in to Nina Ricci 39 avenue Montaigne Paris to get your hands on the elegance and beauty of the timeless French collections.

 

Maria “Nina” Ricci

In 1883, Maria Nielli was born in Turin, Italy. By age 12, her family moved her to France and had adorned her with the nickname “Nina”. Ricci’s love of fashion design began as a teenager, when she started an internship with a dressmaker. She married the Italian jeweler Luigi Ricci In 1905 and in 1908 began working at the house of Raffin as a designer.

It was not until 1932 when Ricci decided to finally create her own line of fashions. She teamed up with her son, Robert Ricci, and quickly found success. Nina Ricci’s designs became famous for the romantic styles and feminine shape infused into all her collections.

 

The house

Originally ran by Nina Ricci and her son, Robert, the Nina Ricci fashion house has a long history of creating exceptionally beautiful clothing and delicious perfumes. Today, the current head of the company, Oliver Theyskens, continues to design breathtaking collections that stay true to the brand’s graceful, feminine looks.

Although the brand found almost immediate success when it began, around 1945 women were not as interested in high-fashion couture as they had been before the war. The Nina Ricci fashion house  changed everything when Robert Ricci organized a fashion event that took the world by storm. Over 150 mannequins, dressed in fine French designs were put on display at the Louvre, in Paris. The event was a huge success and traveled across Europe and to America, reigniting the world’s love for fine fashions.

 

Perfumes

The House of Ricci offers a number of exquisite perfumes that are both luxurious and feminine. It began in 1948 with the release of “L’Air du Temps”, an enticing perfume created by Marc Lalique and Robert Ricci.  Perhaps the most famous of the Ricci perfumes, the elegant scent paved the way for other masterpieces such as “Capricci”, “Fleur de Fleurs” and “Love in Paris”

Today, the Nina Ricci fashion house provides ready to wear clothing, gowns, accessories and perfumes to discerning shoppers all around the world. Practically every red carter has Nina Ricci on it. The elegant dresses are frequently seen on celebrities such as Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon, Victoria Beckham and Anne Hathaway. Shop Nina Ricci today to add the timeless beauty of the collections to your closet.

 

Article written by: Maria Kruk

Indonesia’s Independence Day!

It’s like United States’ 4th of July, instead this is Indonesia’s 17th of August! (sorry for using US as an example, it’s just to knock some sense into some people who aren’t aware that there are other countries beside their own :), no offense ).

ANYWAY, in the light of this day (it’s already past midnight where I am, so I’m a tad bit late  by the time this sentence was written), Google joined us Indonesians to celebrate. I don’t know if it also appears in international Google versions, but I’ll show the pic any way as a remembrance.

Google on Indonesia's Independence Day

Please don’t sue me for taking your pic. I love you Googs!

In light of this day, I’d like to post in bahasa Indonesia. Those of you who are mad dead curious can use the friendly, almighty, and faulty Google Translate. note: this is a non fashion related post. Pardon.

Jadi alkisah sudah 68 tahun Indonesia berdiri. Kalau dilihat kembali, 68 itu tidak tua- tua amat loh untuk umur independen suatu bangsa. Kakek saya saja berumur 92 tahun. Sebagian besar negara Eropa bebas dari monarki penindasan dan para diktator jauh sebelum abad 19 (saya tidak tahu angka pastinya, maaf, bagi yang tau boleh beri info lewat email atau komen kalau sangat berminat mengoreksi). Amerika Serikat saja yang berdiri tahun 1776, meskipun melewati berbagai peperangan tidak merasakan penjajahan seperti kita.

Tanpa niat menggurui atau mengganti haluan blog ini ke arah sosio-kulturalisme (daerah keruh yang tidak ingin saya sentuh nomor dua setelah politik), bisa dibilang saya cukup sedih ketika sedang iseng menganalisis keadaan masyarakat kita. Beberapa teman saya yang berasal dari Indonesia dan berkuliah ke luar negeri pun telah mengemukakan beberapa teori serupa.

Kita itu bangsa yang norak, teman.

Bukannya norak karena miskin, atau ketinggalan dalam bidang budaya, busana, atau teknologi. Bukan sama sekali. Tapi norak pemikirannya. Kita senang sekali menggali- gali hal baru, tapi menggalinya hanya sekedar di permukaan. Tidak senang menggali ke dalam. Apa pernah anda bertanya kenapa anda beli iPad atau Samsung Tab, bukannya tablet keluaran Asus atau Acer atau merk lokal meskipun performa lebih baik dan harga lebih terjangkau? Ah, itu mungkin contoh sederhana dan dangkal yang saya berikan. Contoh lain, pendapat orang Indonesia tentang para homoseksual, transgender, orang- orang obesitas, dan kelainan jiwa? DANGKAL.

Ih najis banget ada bencong“,

“Anjir tu orang gay abis dah jijik”, 

“Gendut banget dah, jalannya gimana coba?”,

“Eh kok itu orang aneh banget sih, camen ya?”

Maaf kalau saya terkesan sok pintar atau mahadahsyat atau sok suci. Hanya ingin mengingatkan, alih- alih keren, kita itu justru terlihat norak loh kalau mengemukakan pendapat yang tidak dipikir secara matang seperti di atas. Kalau dipikir lebih matang, mungkin kita akan mengerti bahwa mungkin saja kalau mereka bisa memilih, ya maunya ya jadi normal. Kita lebih banyak ikutan dibanding mencetuskan. Saya bisa berkoar karena saya pun demikian. Kawakan saya pun demikian. Namun setelah saya pikir lagi, “oh iya ya baru 68 tahun“, alias kita baru diberikan alas kaki untuk dipijak sendiri selama 68 tahun, dibandingkan dengan negara- negara barat yang sudah kokoh selama ratusan tahun. Jadi mungkin, MUNGKIN, hal ini wajar?

Dirgahayu Indonesia. Saya tidak mau harus mengakhiri post ini dengan kalimat klise seperti, “Mari bebaskan Indonesia dari belenggu kedangkalan dan kebodohan” atau sejenisnya. Kalau Anda pintar, harapannya Anda akan mengerti maksud saya di balik post yang menggelikan dan sok menceramahi dan sedikit menyinggung ini. Sekian.

final note: if some of you non-Indonesians have read the post, you should feel grateful that your country is in better mindset. I understand different region presents different issues, and there are issues far worse than this. But this post is meant to be a wake up call that there are skies above us, and grounds beneath us. All in one single world.

 

Tribute to Martin Margiela 4 – Martin’s Mystery Departure

Have you been following the previous posts? Just to recap some stuff, because I know you’d forget and because I care about you.

First part: the intro to Martin Margiela

Second: his early works, his actualization on the concept of anonymity, stores

Third: the evolution of the Maison Martin Margiela, up until the point of Martin’s departure from his own fashion house

the unbroken - watermarked

just showing off my work, sorry

AND NOW.. ba dum tsk! Let’s talk about his sudden and mysterious quit from HIS OWN brand. I bet you’re all pretty curious about this (No? I don’t care, I’ll still tell you anyway).

In the previous series I wrote that Martin had not been involved in the designs of the Maison’s collection for quite a long time (in a publication dated October 2009). THEN, on December 2009, came a statement from the company that Martin had left the industry.

WHAT? How? He was the founder! He even had his name carved on the signs of the brand! He IS the brand, isn’t he?

Well apparently, no he’s not.

I took a personal conclusion of all this, that the brand just HAPPENED to contain his name in it. He himself often told his design team that they are “more Margiela than him”, meaning that the designs and the creations created the Maison Martin Margiela that it is today, and not the sheer image of one person.

The big question here is of course the WHY. Why would he quit from the label he hardly built in the first place? Quoting from Wikipedia:

 

In October, 2009, Margiela majority stakeholder Renzo Rosso finally made public: “Martin has not been there for a long time. He is here but not here. We have a new fresh design team on board. We are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year 2015.”

A press release announced in December, that Margiela “has left the business. No replacement creative director will be appointed. Maison Martin Margiela will continue trading but the company declined to comment on the reasons for Margiela’s exit.”

 

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funny how the company just “declined to comment”, right?

 

I believe what he said about the new fresh design team on board. I mean, look at Margiela know, it’s not in any way less fancy than what it was before, right? BUT IT DOES THOUGH, become less discreet. The shows are more out in the open, the ads, the collaboration with the megastore, the facebook fanpage, the twitter, etc etc. It’s definitely something that would not happen if Martin himself was still the head of the brand.

If Martin is still creative director, that means MMM would not be as “out” as it is today, right? So let me conclude this:

 

Not out = Not famous

Not famous = Not profitable (according to the management team of today’s MMM, anyway)

Not profitable = Stakeholders sad

 

OH SO THAT’S WHY! The company “declined to comment” because they PERHAPS refuse to disclose the fact that Martin Margiela probably doesn’t give s*** about the money that goes in to the big shots’ pocket. They also PERHAPS refuse to disclose the fact that Martin just wants to concentrate on his work while they simply want to concentrate on reeling money in.

But who knows, right? After all he is Mr. Mystery Man. Maybe someday when I make enough money I’ll head to Belgium and question Mr. Margiela himself. Well, someday.

That’s it for the series of tribute, folks! I know there’s a long time between tribute 1,2,3 to tribute 4, and once again I’m sorry for this. Hope you enjoyed the series!

 

 

 

-The Dilly Chic-

P.S: If you’re curious as to what he’s been up to now, I’ve read somewhere that he now focuses on paintings, whether that is a mere flat joke or not.

Tribute to Martin Margiela 3 – The Evolution of Maison Martin Margiela

This is a very belated post, I know. I could say millions of excuses but it wouldn’t change the fact that I’m posting late, so I’m sorry. Now let’s get to the gems, shall we?

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, what occurs to your head when you hear of that particular brand? Simple, abstract, avant garde, deconstructive, twisted, out-of-the-blue, and you guess more. The concept of the fashion house has obviously evolved, since the day it was founded (by Martin Margiela himself and Jenny Meirens) until now. According to Margiela’s major stakeholder, Martin hadn’t been active for quite a long time (spoken in October 2009). Further statement made in December disclosed that he had left the business and that no replacement was appointed as the new creative director of MMM.

a very shy Margiela

THAT, was where his design team kicked in. From the October 2009 interview, it was stated that Margiela has not been involved in terms of designing and in the company as he was before (stating that “he has not been there for a long time”), meaning that all the designs were already on the hands and brains of his team for quite some time. The design team was the creative director and conceptor altogether, and that’s why there was no urgent need to replace Martin as the creative director, the team already got it covered. In my previous post, I’ve mentioned that Martin Margiela used to tell his team that they are “more Margiela than he was”. The Maison was about the creative energy and the nullity concept, and not about a particular person or designer.

Now take a look at the evolution of the Maison’s designs since the day it started. Watch the evolution of the brand and see the difference pre and post Martin Margiela’s exit? Which one do you prefer? MMM with Martin Margiela or without?

 [photos courtesy of www.openingceremony.us and official facebook page of Maison Martin Margiela]

Martin Margiela early works

S/S 1989 and S/S 1990

Tabi boots 1990

Tabi boots, 1990

topless sandals 1996

“Topless sandals”, sandals with soles only and wrapped around with cellophane tapes

A/W 1995

A/W 1995

S/S 2003

Below are the collections designed by MMM’s design team, since Martin’s supposed exit at December 2009. Now, do you notice any difference in terms of conception and creativity?

Artisanal 2009, around the time Margiela’s disengagement with the Maison was made public

S/S 2011

S/S 2011

Défilé A/W 2012

Défilé collection from A/W 2012

artisanal haute couture aw 2012

Artisanal Haute Couture A/W 2012

MM6 collection from A/W 2013

MM6 collection from A/W 2013

They also recently released a foldable shopping bag that turns into a clutch when folded. Here’s how it looks

maison martin margiela foldable shopping bags

Shopping bag/ clutch

I’ve mentioned before that Martin used to tell his team that they are more Margiela than him. You could definitely see a difference there. The new designs were bringing bolder colors and even more daring patterns and prints. You couldn’t really hate or prefer one over the other (at least for me), they’re different, but they’re both Maison Martin Margiela. The original designs definitely inspired the newer ones, apparent with the odd patterns, deconstructed body lines, and face masks.

I can say that I salute the design team for continuing the path of MMM. It’s different from the one Martin was pursuing, but it’s still one hell of a path they dived in.

 Posts in the series:

Tribute to Martin Margiela 1 – Why It’s Crucial to Know Him

Tribute to Martin Margiela 2 – His Early Works, Concepts, Stores, and Teams

-The Dilly Chic-