2008 February 27
Balenciaga - Paris Fall 2008
(PARIS) Roll Call: Craig McDean, Anna Wintour, David Sims, Paul Cavaco, Jefferson Hack, L'Wren Scott, Mario Testino, Robert Polet, Edward Enninful, Grace Coddington, Hamish Bowles, Franca Sozzani, Luca Stoppini, Michael Roberts, Ronnie Cooke Newhouse
Chic Report: This season, Nicolas Ghesquière mixed his own techno-chic sensibility in with some silhouettes from Balenciaga's archives, resulting in a collection full of slick, sexy, sculpted clothes sure to fill Jennifer Connelly's closet this fall. Many of the pieces were sliced and cut, like a series of criss-crossed, draped tanks, a turquoise-and-cream shift, high-slit skirts, and a noir-ish black dress with super-sexy cutouts. Other standouts included a Chinoiserie-print dress, gold cocktail frock, and sleek grey pants. Must-have alert: a collection of truly divine bracelets and necklaces added a touch of glamour-girl sparkle. "Nicolas points the way ahead with vision," Hilary Alexander observed. "He's sculpting, scissoring, cutting. The hand-painted gorgeous jackets look like the inside of a Ming Dynasty Palace."