I thought it was inhumanly possible for Oliver Theyskens to produce a better collection that superseded his previous one, but I was proved wrong. I mean I should have expected better from a man who proclaimed at the age of 7 that he wanted to “do haute couture”!
So from designing theatre costumes, to artistic director at Nina Ricci, to artistic director at Theory, whilst accumulating a cult following of celebrities along the way, Theyskens has practically become a household name, well not far off anyway. We all appreciate the dreaminess of couture gowns, the extravagance, embellishment and opulence that creates a feast for the eyes and digs the grave for the bank balance, but nothing obscures the fact that we mere mortals couldn’t integrate these beautiful pieces of art (because that is what they are really) into our lives. What sets Theyskens apart from other designers is that he recognises the fact that “fashion needs to address a younger, more casual level of dressing” – as Sarah Moyer of style.com most accurately put it. However fear not, the man can do couture and he can do it well, check out the dresses he was creating for Rochas in 2006.
Anyway, want a collection that could walk of the runway and in to your wardrobe, this is it! Cosy shaggy knits belted at the waist, paired with long line leather skirts or micro shorts and tights, Slouchy mannish trousers In leather and suede, paired with knee high chunky heeled boots and fierce leather jackets. More boxy boyfriend coats than you can shake a stick at and this barely covers it. Chiffon, velvet, brocade, suede, fur, all the most un-wearable of fabrics at the best of time, what with the untimely British weather, however I don’t know how he does it, it just works, brilliantly.
I have selected a few of my favourite looks below, enjoy.