Olivier Theyskens Refuses to Be Fired From Nina Ricci

Olivier Theyskens just presented what we hear was a stunning fall collection for Nina Ricci in Paris. Rumors have been circulating for months of design differences between Theyskens and Mario Grauso, the head of Puig Fashion Group, which owns Ricci. Rumor had it Theyskens was out at the house, but his show turned up on the Paris schedule, revealing no unrest on the surface. The show went on today and the rumors haven't died down — the word going around Paris is that Grauso actually fired Theyskens, whose contract isn't up until October, but that Theyskens won't leave. And according to reviews of the collection trickling in from showgoers, Ricci designed with a fighting spirit, sending out a gorgeous, romance-infused, hard-rock-inspired collection. Theyskens has the chance to present one more collection for Ricci before his contract runs out. But if the reviews pour in positively and this collection sells better than his last, will Grauso change his mind? Will Theyskens say "no more drama" and strike out on his own? This is better than The Hills and The City combined!

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Filed Under: designers, fall 2009, industry players, mario grauso, nina ricci, olivier theyskens, paris fashion week, puig, ricci watch

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