Nina Ricci's newly appointed creative directors were announced on Wednesday morning. Designer duo Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh will oversee its ready-to-wear collections, effective immediately. The announcement follows a trend of luxury houses hiring relatively unknown names as creative directors. (See Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga and Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta.)
Both Botter — born in Curaçao and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp — and Amsterdam Fashion Institute alum Herrebrugh — who splits her time between the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic — have already garnered recognition within the industry: Their Antwerp-based menswear label Botter received such accolades as the Dries van Noten Award, BVBA32 Ann Demeulemeester Award and the 33rd Hyeres Festival's Jury Grand Prize. The duo were also finalists in the 2018 LVMH Prize competition.
Botter and Herrebrugh will relocate from Antwerp to Paris for their new roles, which follows the departure of Guillaume Henry in March after a three-year tenure. Until the hires were made public, Nina Ricci's in-house team designed its collections in the interim.
"We are very honored to be a part of this fantastic project," said Botter and Herrebrugh in an official statement. "We feel very inspired by the fresh and subtle codes that make Nina Ricci such a beautiful ode to femininity. We aim to create a new spirit, a spirit of our times: effortless, sophisticated and strong."
Botter and Herrebrugh's debut collection will be revealed for Pre-Fall 2019, followed by their first runway show for Fall 2019 during Paris Fashion Week next year in March.
Homepage image: Runway finale of the Nina Ricci Fall 2018 show at Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images