February 12, 2012 New York
The news here: the pants. The corduroy flares Theyskens put on his runway last February have become a fashion phenomenon. A year later, you still see them all over the front rows. Retailers love that kind of devotion, and there were tons of them at the show today looking for another hit. The designer's big idea was pleats. They gave both overdyed denim shorts and dark printed trousers stuffed into mid-calf boots a loose, slouchy fit. Too soon to say if they'll be as easy a sell as those sexy flares, but good to see Theyskens pushing the boundaries he's established for the contemporary brand.