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April 19 2014

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Blasblog: From Paris, Ups And Downs On Day One

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The first full day of shows in Paris had its ups and downs. The up, in my opinion, was Christophe Decarnin’s Balmain show. On a runway atop the Ritz’s pool, he showed an entire disco of the brightest, shiniest, big-shoulder-est cocktail dresses—a crystal dream. Or as one editor put it, a “crystal meth” dream, because you couldn’t sleep with that kind of sparkle in your closet. Equally exciting was the soundtrack of dance hits—when was the last time you heard “Thriller” open a show?—but later that evening the night hit a more somber note: Olivier Theyskens’ alleged last collection for Nina Ricci. “It was like my worst nightmares and best dreams come to life,” Milla Jovovich said of the collection, specifying that the dresses were the dream and that the shoes—towering cutout platforms—sent a shiver down her spine at the thought of taking a turn in them on the catwalk. The consensus after the show was the same: If you’ve gotta go, leave them wanting more. When he took his bow, the Times‘ Anne Christensen stood up and offered Theyskens a standing ovation. “I wish I had the confidence to do that,” someone said of her one-woman show of support. “The guy deserves it. He’s a genius.”

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  1. mikazoo says:

    I totally agree. Nina Ricci glam rock chick? Big shoulders, lots of glitter and a bit too much Balmain in it. How nice!

  2. jessiekthompson says:

    Well put, Derek!