Blasblog: Theyskens, Picture Perfect
The fashion industry loves to wring its hands over poor Olivier Theyskens, the talented Belgian designer who has spent the past decade bouncing between his own namesake label and the French brands Rochas and Nina Ricci. But by the look of a smiling Theyskens at Barneys New York on Thursday night for the release of his book The Other Side of the Picture (Assouline), he’s doing just fine, thanks. His trademark flowing locks snipped—too much time on the beaches of Brazil, he explained; “the wind and the sea kill the ends, so I had to cut off the bottom”—he was looking tan and happy. The reason? A little time to work on his long-delayed book project and, perhaps, a few things in the works. “I’ve had the materials ready for two years, but now I’ve had the time and the energy to really put together the project,” Theyskens said of The Other Side. The photos of Theyskens and his work, by Julien Claessens, go back to the nineties.
As for the what’s-next rumors—my favorite has him heading to Lanvin, following Karl Lagerfeld’s retirement at Chanel and Alber Elbaz’s assumption of the reins at Rue Cambon—Theyskens remained mum. Leigh Lezark, Dr. Lisa Airan, and Fabiola Beracasa—the last wearing an original Theyskens (pictured with the designer, above)—were lobbying for him to move to New York to set up shop, but no, he retorted, he was going back to Paris the next day. Take it for what you will, I noticed that Christopher Burch, who reportedly has been in talks with the designer on a new retail venture, was in just as jovial a mood as the celebrated guest.
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