Nina Ricci's Olivier Theyskens presented a collection filled with elaborately structured designs
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Hiroko Koshino, returning to Paris after 15 years, also delivered powerful outlines in her autumn/winter collection
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The tiger provided inspiration for Korean designer Lie Sang Bong
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Fantasy and form dominate on day two of Paris fashion week

6 MARCH 2009
Fantasy silhouettes were a key theme of the second day at Paris Fashion Week. And leading the way was Nina Ricci's young Belgian head designer Olivier Theyskens, who presented an autumn/winter ready to wear collection packed with structurally elaborate creations.

Models in sky-high heels showcased outfits reflecting Olivier's desire to "concentrate on form and the techniques which can make fabrics assume wonderful shapes".

Extraordinarily tailored pieces, including jackets with strong shoulders and beautifully cut evening gowns, made his collection particularly memorable.

Silhouette was all-important at the show of Hiroko Koshino. The 71-year-old Japanese returned to showing in the French capital after an absence of more than 15 years with a tranquil collection of kimono-inspired pieces that married East and West.

Lie Sang Bong, who's been dubbed the 'McQueen of Korea', has also been inspired by a homeland theme for the upcoming season. He breathed new life into the tiger - extinct in Korea for 30 years - by using its image throughout his new collection. Striped prints dominated, from furry coats to PVC all-in-ones.

The Seoul-based talent also revamped a key Eighties trend - the Korean Shoulder. This geometrically cut and padded effect looks set to be a major feature next season.

Also looking back three decades was Balmain where Christophe Decarnin sent a 1980s-style collection of power shoulders, sequins, and asymmetrical disco dresses down the runway.

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