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The three-year rule strikes again: Nina Ricci Creative Director Guillaume Henry's Fall 2018 collection — which will show in Paris on Friday — will be his last for the label, reports WWD. Nina Ricci has not confirmed the news.
Henry was appointed creative director of the French fashion house in October 2014 (and officially took the helm in January 2015), after previously having spent five years at Carven. He succeeded Peter Copping in the role.
According to speculation from those in the industry, Henry's departure comes as the result of growing frustration with Nina Ricci parent company Puig's reticence to invest in the label.
While Henry's tenure at Carven was largely celebrated — Fashionista once described the designer as having "brought life back" to it — his work under Nina Ricci has been slightly more tepidly received. Under his leadership, Nina Ricci has racked up an impressive celebrity fan base, including Gigi Hadid and Rihanna, and Henry has been credited with maintaining the legacy and aesthetic of the Ricci brand.
Prior to his role at Carven, Henry honed his craft with a stint at Givenchy, where he worked under creative director Julian Macdonald, and stayed on as part of the team that presented the label's collections anonymously before Riccardo Tisci had been named creative director.
UPDATE, Thursday, March 1, 12:11 p.m.: Nina Ricci has denied reports that Guillaume Henry is leaving the brand. See the entire statement provided by a Nina Ricci representative below:
House of Nina Ricci refutes the news released today on the press about the creative director Guillaume Henry leaving Nina Ricci. All the information stated within the news are pure speculation that do not respond to reality [sic]. Any significant information about the brand is always addressed by the Nina Ricci press office.
UPDATE, Thursday, March 15, 10:54 a.m.: Nina Ricci has confirmed that after three years, Henry has indeed left his post at the company, reports WWD. On Thursday, the brand issued the following statement to the publication:
"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-winter 2018-19 collection."
The designer's Fall 2018 collection showed in Paris on March 2. Upcoming collections will be designed by the Nina Ricci Studio pending the arrival of a new creative director.