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A Paris based fashion writer whispered to me, "Nicolas le Cauchois would be the ideal replacement at Givenchy when they finally let go of Macdonald." It's true, le Cauchois, a classically handsome French man with a charming wife and baby and so much talent to burn, could turn a floundering house around. Mr. le Cauchois, who showed a revelatory collection last summer, returned to enchant and astonish with his mostly white, gossamer gowns, meant perhaps for spiritual nymphs with great bodies who occasionally strike the sexy pose. Usually, the Cauchois woman is a dreamy, ethereal though worldly creature who makes a delicate but vivid statement in her pale feathery (sometimes real feathers, the work of the brilliant Nelly Saunier, or sometimes feathery silk) dresses and evening jackets. We emphasize: this is a designer to watch. He is going nowhere but up.