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>> Hubert de Givenchy had Audrey Hepburn, Giorgio Armani has Cate Blanchett, Carolina Herrera has Renee Zellweger, and Olivier Theyskens continues to align himself with Reese Witherspoon at Nina Ricci — because, as it's put in the November 2008 issue of Vogue, "every newly named artistic director of a fashion house in Paris knows he needs a huge Hollywood actress."
According to Theyskens, the match just fell into place: ""When I met her at Rochas, it was not the right fit. But when I started at Ricci, I had a strong feeling about her being a real Ricci girl, and I showed her some drawings and she was really willing." Plus — "We are the same age, so we have some roots. I am quite fascinated by roots of generations."
Recalling the first time they publicly debuted a collaboration — Reese's canary cocktail Nina Ricci number for the 2007 Golden Globes — the actress invited Olivier to visit her in LA: "So he came to my house and sat on the floor and started sketching. Of course I put out tons of food and he didn't eat anything. He brought out two kinds of fabric — he brought out one gray and one yellow. And he said, 'I think you are like this! I think you are like a party! I think you are wearing a yellow dress!'"
Olivier was nervous about the whole ordeal: "The yellow dress with the bustier — for me it was the first thing that the world would see from me at Ricci. But still, I wanted it to fit with Reese. I was afraid. And it was Reese who picked that fabric. This was one of my favorite fabrics! She just fell right into it. She is very intuitive."
After that first frenzied collaboration, everything feel into place, according to Olivier: "If I do her an elegant dress, she can dress so elegant. If I find a dress, she will find a way to be at her ease. I feel OK — I'm Olivier doing dresses! I'm superhappy about working, and everything is getting more fluid." And that is how he came to be photographed with her in Vogue, Reese wearing two dresses he made especially for the occasion.
>> Suzy Menkes's 1.7 million-plus words during her twenty years as fashion editor at the International Herald Tribune were commemorated on Saturday with a special video. "You've made me cry . . . To earn a glowing review from you is the holy grail of fashion," John Galliano declared. Anna Wintour, Franca Sozzani, Karl Lagerfeld and then some all honored the Samurai, Olivier Theyskens with his words as much as his pompadour hairdo — which apparently got a big laugh. Even Marc Jacobs chimed in — but only with kind words, and no sticking out of the tongue. But let's be honest — in the middle of show season, who would dally with such an influential reviewer?
Delirious fluttering romance has never appealed much to us, which explains why we can't stand Jane Austen or expansive Edwardian romances, but we do love a knowing reinterpretation of the genre hence our affection for steam punk and Dodie Smith's dark commedic romance I Capture The Castle.
Olivier Theyskens too seems to share our desire to make something more of the magic of Edwardiana. But Nina Ricci's Spring 2009 collection isn't simply in the vein of over done gowns and dusty organza, there is deeper and more haunting history of Theyskens' work here. As in I Capture The Castle, many of the hallmarks of the romantic era are there, brooding beauties, gauzy flights of fancy, and yet there is a sense of decay and displacement as neither the collection nor the novel are in the proper timeline required to be taken at face value. The backdrop is right for romance but the time, place, and viewers are not. And therein lies the strength of the Spring 2009 collection. We have the woody colors, the billowing sleeves, and then we have bared legs ripping us out of any hoped for historical place holder.
If the construction were not so impeccable on the fly away dress panels connecting the hose we would wonder at a kind of deliberate deconstruction at work in order to show the legs in the midst of otherwise full gowns. It gives the sense of a tearing away at the original to create something new, not a simulacrum of an age gone by, but a sad renewed sense of the "now" even as the world (as is the case of Smith's protagonists in I Capture the Castle) moves on without them. Brooding, sad, and deeply romantic Theyskens' collection for Nina Ricci is hardly commercial enough to appeal to many. It doesn't veer enough to the side of authentic period romance to make sense to anyone that isn't just a little twisted in their own interpretations. We imagine Olivier Theyskens as something of Dodie Smith's Cassandra Mortmain, living between two worlds, a genius without any appropriate ending.
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Natasha Poly must be the object of envy from her model friends, because she's the new star of Nina Ricci's Fall '08 ad campaign. It looks like Spring's girls Karlie Kloss and Courtney Smerski couldn't hold their own for another season. Like in past Nina Ricci ads, these shots are slightly brooding and heavy, but it's the right look for autumn. What captures my interest — besides the rich clothing — is the movement. They're one-dimensional yet Natasha jumps out at you. And what looks like fairy dust puts some magic in the air. What do you think about Nina Ricci's latest?
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Nina Ricci's Spring/Summer '08 ad campaign can easily be mistaken for Fall/Winter ads. The dark hues and layered clothes hardly scream Spring. Clearly that's what Olivier Theyskens was going for so he chose the ideal models — Karlie Kloss and Courtney Smerski — to convey the brooding mood. Regardless of the season, Mario Sorrenti's shots are captivating. They draw you in and make you want to dissect every aspect of each photo. But is it me or is Karlie Kloss (left) slightly upstaging Courtney? It may be her intense glare. What do you think about these ads?
Everyone's opinions are always welcome on Fab. I think we can all agree that last night's SAG awards brought out a bevy of beautiful dresses. Whether they were intended for the Golden Globes or not, I say it's always better to overdress than underdress — especially when a red carpet is involved. It looks like Frenchie Marion Cotillard won your votes for best dressed last night. My favorite didn't make your best-dressed list, but I couldn't keep my eyes off of Ellen Pompeo in her liquid velvet Nina Ricci. Do you recall last night during the pre show when she claimed she saw it in the January issue of Vogue and knew it was the one? Fine choice, Ellen. Especially since she won for worst dressed at last years SAG awards. You've come a long way babe.
Also, you may have noticed that your favorite and my favorite are both Nina Ricci by Olivier Theyskens gowns. Get ready because Nina Ricci is about to blow up — in the best way.
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