Harris Reed joins Nina Ricci as creative director

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Harris Reed is the new creative director of French fashion house Nina Ricci. The British-American designer, who at 26 is the youngest person to take the reins at the brand, will oversee both fashion and fragrance.

The London Fashion Week favorite confirmed the news on his Instagram account, saying he was “really speechless” and “dreamed about this moment for so long”, before thanking Spanish fashion conglomerate Puig (the owner of Nina Ricci) and its brand manager José Manuel Albesa for the opportunity.

He wrote: “I am humbled and honored to announce my appointment as the new creative director of the house of Nina Ricci across fashion and then fragrance. Being a 6’4” (no heels), redhead , long, flowing designer hair (who everyone thinks is a fabulous woman) who shamelessly walks into a brand that I could never have dreamed of in Paris leaves me full of excitement and love.

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“I’m truly speechless…I’ve dreamed of this moment for so long, since I was a little kid, working my fingers to the bone at CSM, until now. It feels like something of a movie, a script I could sit and watch in the cinema Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking those fantasies that seemed so silver to me and turning them into reality I want to say a deep thank you to Puig and to José Manuel Albesa for this opportunity to take the brand to incredible new heights.”

The famous French fashion house was founded by Nina Ricci herself, alongside her son, in 1932. A brand statement describes Reed as “bold, daring and explosive”, and says the designer will “bring new perspectives on archives and life”. -long know-how of the house”. He should unveil his first collection at the beginning of next year.

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In an official statement, Reed said he was “really thrilled to challenge the landscape of what femininity means through fashion and beauty at such an iconic house.” Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2020 and launching his eponymous label, the designer has made a name for himself with his theatrical and fantastical designs that experiment with form and proportion – loved by Harry Styles, Emma Corrin and Emma Watson. He also launched a successful jewelry collaboration with Missoma and has his own line of scented candles.

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A model from the Harris Reed Spring/Summer 2023 show

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Iman wearing Harris Reed at the 2021 Met Gala

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Nina Ricci has seen an assortment of creative directors come and go over the past few years, but has been without a lead designer since last January. The label also recently announced a new managing director, Edwin Bodson, who was previously global business manager at JW Anderson in London.

“As a fluid designer rejecting norms in a quest for freedom, Harris’ singular vision of magnified femininity will extend to Nina Ricci,” Bodson said.

We can’t wait to see the fashion magic that Reed will no doubt create in her new role.

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