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Olivier Theyskens knows how to make a statement, even if it’s a quiet one. That’s exactly what he did at his pre-fall show for Nina Ricci, musing on, he said, “a very cute girl in an urban situation.” So just what would such a girl wear? Something “dreamy,” like this dress that blends knit alpaca into woven wool and nylon.

This story first appeared in the January 16, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Olivier Theyskens and John Galliano are the latest designers to join the pre-fall ranks. Chez Nina Ricci, Theyskens is drawing on the Seventies for an utterly chic, melancholic collection in a Botticelli-esque palette. As for Galliano, his Paris-meets-Russia lineup is inspired, he notes, by the idea of a troupe of Folies Pigalle dancers taking the Trans-Siberian Express. First stop: draped cocktail dresses dusted with folkloric flourishes, followed by a rich range of coats in bouclé wool, jacquard and fur.

Photos by: Talaya Centeno and Dominique Maitre

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