September 12, 2011 New York
That's not to say he didn't innovate. Just when you thought there were no new jeans styles left to invent, Theyskens' big idea was a pair that's high-waisted and slouches off the hips at the same time, thanks to a double waistband. Another fun notion: a tweed jacket with its breast pockets shifted below the armholes. The designer calls them "clutch pockets," because it looks like the wearer is clasping her pocketbook there.
It's the relative ease of this label on the pocketbook that has helped make it a constant sight in the front rows this week. We're sure there are editors out there already planning to place a personal order for Spring's little black jacket with iridescent crystal embroidery. It's straight-up street-style bait. Ditto the cropped leather pants treated with a holographic film. The only bit Theyskens didn't get quite right: the impossibly high patent platform pumps. The combat boots were much truer to real New York life.