NEW YORK — Nicolas Ghesquière came to town to show his fall collection for Balenciaga, bringing with him a très Parisian joie de vivre and energy. These were beautifully detailed clothes — structured coats, second-skin tops, narrow pants and patchwork corsets. There were striking shearling boleros, too, like the mini jacket here, shown with a pleated and twisted skirt. For more on the collection and the company, see pages 10 and 11. For more on the season, see pages 14 to 17.

This story first appeared in the February 14, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.