PARIS — Guillaume Henry has left Nina Ricci after three years as creative director, the French fashion house said on Thursday. This confirms a report in WWD on March 1.
“After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the fall 2018-19 collection,” Nina Ricci said in a statement, referring to the designer’s show on March 2.
Pending the arrival of a new creative director, the label’s next collections will be designed by the in-house studio, it added. Nina Ricci had previously released a statement denying WWD’s report.
Henry, who rose to fame for reviving the storied French house of Carven as a youthful contemporary brand, graduated to a more sophisticated aesthetic during his Ricci tenure. For his final collection, he melded military-themed tailoring with sensual lingerie-inspired looks.
“A love letter for everything I do, deeply, with passion, with truth. Even if it’s clothes, I really wanted to emphasize the idea I have of a beautiful woman, that has nothing to do with fashion, really,” the designer said backstage, where handlers barred all questions about his future at the house.
Henry succeeded Peter Copping at the helm of the brand, known for its refined, romantic creations and fragrances such as L’Air du Temps and Nina. In the decade before Copping, Ricci saw a number of designers come and go: Nathalie Gervais, Massimo Giussani, James Aguiar, Lars Nilsson and Olivier Theyskens.
After graduating from the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré, Henry completed a postgraduate program in design at the Institut Français de la Mode. He worked in the studios of Givenchy and Paule Ka before taking the creative helm of Carven in 2009.
His designs for Nina Ricci have proved popular with celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Rihanna and Queen Letizia of Spain.
Revenues at Puig rose 9 percent in 2016 to 1.79 billion euros in the context of a relatively flat perfume business worldwide and despite tough times in emerging markets, especially Latin America, where it generated 44 percent of its sales. Net income for the Spanish group advanced 23 percent to 155 million euros.
In addition to Nina Ricci, the group owns fashion and fragrance brands such as Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne and Jean Paul Gaultier, and licensed perfume labels, including Prada, Valentino and Comme des Garçons. It is scheduled to publish its 2017 annual figures in April.
Puig has said it aims to break through the barrier of 2 billion euros in revenues. The group last year appointed José Manuel Albesa to steer all of its fashion houses, in addition to his role as chief brand officer. Fashion made up an estimated 9 percent of Puig’s business in early 2017.
Puig chairman and chief executive officer Marc Puig told WWD last year the company was focusing on organic growth.
“The way we see it, there’s a portfolio with a significant number of brands already, and within those brands there is the potential to keep growing in different [categories], whether it’s fragrance or fashion. Our main effort will be to focalize and prioritize the materialization of the potential for all the brands in the portfolio,” he said.