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2009 March 3

Salut, Paris!

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(PARIS) As editors and retailers finish up the final day of re-see appointments in Milan and prepare to head to Paris, buzz is already building about the week's hot-ticket shows. The American contingent is hotly anticipating Nina Ricci's show on Thursday, March 5 at the Espace Ephémère venue near the Eiffel Tower. Given that it is almost universally agreed to be designer Olivier Theyskens' last collection, as The Daily reported on December 18, 2008, fashion insiders wonder if he will produce a more sales floor-friendly collection than last season's parade of Victoriana dresses, many of which are now retailing for upwards of $15,000 each.

The other hot story is Gibo's relaunch of Rochas ready-to-wear by Marco Zanini, the former Halston designer who trained for eight years as Donatella Versace’s first assistant. An insider who was privy to a preview of the collection last week showed much enthusiasm for the line, but the rest must wait.

And given that Balmain's Christophe Decarnin pioneered the '80s disco trend seen on many Milan runways, the fashion world awaits his show tomorrow (at the Ritz, an upgrade from last season's Westin ballroom) with bated breath. Expect his French Vogue champions Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt to sport last season's strong shouldered jackets (worn all over Milan) in a vow of solidarity.
ASHLEY BAKER




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