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Blasblog: From Paris, Ups And Downs On Day One


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.”

Paris Highlights: Le Beat Goes On


With just one day of rest between Milan’s Extreme blow-out Monday night and today’s shows in Paris, RTW devotees are gearing up for the Month of Fashion’s final lap. Paris, like its metropolitan counterparts, is scaling back a bit this season (we hear Givenchy’s dark-and-rocking after-party has been canceled, for one), but the French city is still hosting more than its share of feuding fêtes. Continue Reading “Paris Highlights: Le Beat Goes On” »

How To Wear The Nina Ricci High-Low Dress


We are fashion people and therefore adore most of what Olivier Theyskens has, does, and will design—rumors of replacements be damned. But even we have to admit that the beautiful high-low hem dresses from his Spring 2009 show have played somewhat awkwardly off the runway. Witness, Kate Bosworth at the Art of Elysium Gala a few weeks ago. Maybe it’s the tightly scraped-back hair or the witchy-goth choice of black with long sleeves. Whatever the case, Kate’s look wasn’t quite doing it for us. That’s why we were overjoyed to see Diane Kruger rock the Ricci at last night’s Sidaction party looking happy, pretty, and irrefutably chic. We put it down to the fresh but not too sweet floral and the girlish but not too infantile bobby-pinned hair. Agreed or not?

Photo: left, Jeff Vespa/Wireimage; right, Frederic Nebinger/ABACAPRESS.COM

Smoke = Fire? Copping May Be In At Ricci


Nothing has been confirmed about Olivier Theyskens’ possible exit from Nina Ricci at the end of his contract and his potential replacement Louis Vuitton studio director Peter Copping, but it sure is fun to speculate. Real life: just like high school.

Valentino’s couture collection heads to Jumbotrons near you tonight in Paris, Milan, and Rome; and, no, Mr. Garavani had nothing to do with it.

Page Six founder James Brady died Monday, but his legacy and disciples (Perez et al.) live on.

From the Way Harsh Dept.: “Etiquette is on a downward spiral, and politeness is disappearing.” As if we didn’t have it bad enough.

Are you dating a banker? Help is out there, just 12 steps away.

Domino closes. No joke. Just sadness.

Photo: Jimi Celeste / Patrick McMullan

Karl Declares; Valentino (Allegedly) Doesn’t


Karl Lagerfeld dresses up the recession with a pretty catchprase: “Bling is over. Red carpet-y covered with rhinestones is out. I call it ‘the new modesty.’ ” Another gem: “Throwing money out the window brings money back in through the front door.” Why couldn’t Karl have been our econ professor?

Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti have been handed a hefty €33 million (or $39 million) fine for allegedly evading tax payments. Don’t worry, Val, as WWD points out, this is practically an Italian celebrity rite of passage. Sophia Loren served jail time for similar charges, and last year Dolce & Gabbana were under investigation.

Thakoon who? Apparently Washingtonians never check the label of their black-tie attire, so all this inauguration gown speculation has been for naught.

Job alert: Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence. Techies, ready your résumés.

Why Nina Ricci would ever replace Olivier Theyskens is beyond us (he’s got the best hair in the business, hands down), but it appears that the brand continues to shop around. Their latest crush is Marc Jacobs’ right-hand man at Louis Vuitton, Peter Copping.

Editors can watch one couture show in their skivvies next week: Boudicca will be showing its collection online only.

Photo: James Devaney/Wireimage