2009 March 6
Nina Ricci - Paris Fall 2009
(PARIS) Olivier Theyskens' brand of impressionism isn't easily forgettable, and in what is widely believed to be his final collection for Nina Ricci, he made his case. This is unparalleled creativity that refuses to fret over bottom-line mentality, and it showed. (One well-informed insider estimated the sample collection to have cost upwards of a million Euros.) From the first glimpse at those hoof-like platforms, the models glided by like Tim Burton characters dressed marvelously in clothing unlike anything else out there. The evening gowns showcased Theyskens' genius most brilliantly, with whorls and boning and endless drama fit for a dark, dark queen. Whatever happens next, the fashion world can't stop watching.