>> Olivier Theyskens has been unemployed for the past year, and aside from his book coming out Feb. 11, he told the Wall Street Journal he hasn't kept up with fashion magazines or parties. "Actually, I was thinking, oh, you should see on the Net what was going on. But I didn't. It makes me think that normal people — 99 percent of the people — don't run to the Net to see what's happening [on the runways]."
Theyskens, or "fashion's version of My So-Called Life — the TV show that was simultaneously applauded and canceled," as the Wall Street Journal put it, had critics enthralled when he was designing at both Rochas and then Nina Ricci, but retailers, not so much — they found it hard to stomach his $2,000 silk blouses.
Karen Daskas, owner of the Tender Birmingham boutique near Detroit, attests: "He cut for somebody that was tall and very thin. It didn't fit women who could afford clothes of that caliber." She now has Theyskens's final Nina Ricci collection marked down to 60 percent off. "I can't give it away. And we try it on everybody."