INTRODUCTION: Paris couturiers have confounded predictions with a swing away from aggressive storm-trooper styles towards the soft, floppy clothes of the early 1970's.
SV Black top embroidered with flowers and pleated crepe de chine patterned skirt (3 shots)
SV White silk suit with small flower motifs in beige (2 shots)
SV & CU Navy blue and white striped suit and hat (2 shots)
GV & SV Patterned evening gown in rose and blue (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Paris couturiers have confounded predictions with a swing away from aggressive storm-trooper styles towards the soft, floppy clothes of the early 1970's. The House of Nina Ricci, one of the most famous names in Paris fashion, showed plenty of the more traditional styles in its "Folklore" collection on Friday (23 January).
SYNOPSIS: The folklore motif is highlighted in this striking creation. The black top is embroidered with flowers. The skirt is in silk crepe de chine and is patterned and pleated. The whole creation brings a breath of fresh pastoral air to the sophisticated salons of 1981.
The flower motif is tastefully picked up again in this classic white silk suit in beige. Ideal for formal afternoon wear the tiny flower design is inspired by the backgrounds of Rossetti paintings. The suit reflects the new mood of the 1980's and can be worn at any time of the day.
Nina Ricci is also showing suits which can be worn in Autumn as well as summer and spring. The reason behind it is that women are travelling all the time and may be in a cool climate in July. This navy blue and white striped suit would not be out of place on any occasion. It also shows the fashion pendulum has swung back again to the formality of the 1930's.
And nowhere is this better demonstrated than in evening wear. This patterned gown in rose and blue is made of organza. Many of the designers this year are bringing in pastel shades for the evenings. Bowers of flowers and ruffles hark back to the 18th and 19th centuries. There are ruffles and flounces enough in Paris this year to fit out a Victorian bride.