Nina Ricci Fall 2009
Nina Ricci Fall 2009

PARIS, Mar 7, 2009 / FW/ — Taking his bow to a mesmerized crowd probably for the last time at Nina Ricci, Olivier Theyskens unveiled his swan song for the venerable French fashion house last Thursday sending models in skyscraper shoes that made their legs longer.

Slim silhouettes for both daywear and eveningwear where architectural shapes dominated proposed skirts with asymmetrical waistlines. Giving a nod to the 1980s trend, Theyskens also suggested pagoda sleeves for tuxedo and suit jackets.

Beautiful as the daywear were, it was the eveningwear that brought down the house. Bodices that seemed like they were molded on the models’ bodies, Thyeskens created giant ruffles in organic shapes that gave a peek-a-boo effect as the gown showed off a lot of legs while still leaving a train behind.

The skyscraper shoes and the molded silhouettes gave the collection a futuristic and buoyant feeling; then the rumor that this might be Olivier Theyskens’ final collection for Nina Ricci because his contract ends soon sinks in.

WWD says that it is a done deed hence there is a bittersweet taste left in the mouth after seeing this collection.

Photos by Thomas Barnes

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