TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL

PARIS — His influence was a dominant trend on the spring runways, from New York to Milan and Paris. And Nicolas Ghesquiere’s heavenly collection for Balenciaga, which he showed on Thursday, lived up to its advance billing. Beginning with the first group of engineering-striped overalls, minis, spencers and tuxedo jackets, it went on to become increasingly feminine. There were fluid dresses and tops, often with details from the trimmings store — pearls, strings of pompons or lace streamers. Here, his winged top and pants. For more on the season, see pages 6 and 7.

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