Well, I was happy to see that Olivier Theyskens is still at Nina Ricci, after alot of rumors and speculations that he is leaving Nina Ricci, and that, Marc Jacob's right hand for 10 years at LV, Peter Copping.
But On March 5th, he presented his Fall/Winter '09 RTW collection in Paris, which was reportedly a stunning collection! Rumors started after Theyskens latest Spring/Summer collection, where buyers didnt receive the collection very well, also since Theyskens refuse the idea of the brand going commercial, by designing an accessories line of handbags and other leather goods. I dont know why I have a feeling that the rumors had served the brand as a marketing thing... I mean now they got everyone talking about whats gonna happen to the brand, or who is going to replace Olivier, and that sales havent met up to the expections, brought a lot of attention to the brand, the designer, the latest collection. And since nothing is yet confirmed, there will still be talks about this, untill we see whats gonna happen in October.
Rumor still has it that Mario Grauso, the head of Puig Fashion Group, which owns Ricci fired Theyskens, whose contract is still valid till October, which technically means he will still be presenting another collection for the brand, SS '10 in September.
I loved Oliviers work for Rochas! I mean it was sad to see the brand closing down, and I thought Rochas Fall 2005 RTW collection was a great collection by all means! the shape, the colors, it was amazing, and i was very happy to see that Queen Rania got her share of this collection! she wore one to an event in India back in 2006, and another one later on at the Time's 100 most influential people party in NYC.
He also designed Lauren Santo Domingo's Two Wedding dresses, see pics here.
Well, I hope things work out between Theyskens and Ricci, and to have his contract renewed!
Another reason why I like him even more, is that because I found out that we both share the same birthdate! :P
Check out pics below for Nina Ricci's latest collection, and the insanly-not-wearable-extremely high heels!