Don’t let the slight build and gentle manner fool you. Beneath his delicate exterior, Olivier Theyskens is one intrepid voyager. It’s almost certain that the Nina Ricci collection he showed Thursday was his last for the house. And whether he conceived it as a creative kiss-off to the powers that be at Puig or as an audition for his next job, the clothes were a fantastical journey through fashion of the most spectacular sort. Which is to say that Theyskens didn’t succumb to the constant pressure to conform and commercialize, though there were plenty of real clothes in this highly imaginative mix.


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