A Theyskens Double Take
The leather pants, embellished jackets, and drop-waist dresses that Olivier Theyskens sent down the runway for Spring 2012 at Theyskens Theory were more than enough to catch our attention. But after re-seeing the collection, it’s a smaller detail that sticks with us: the double-waisted trousers.
Those familiar with the new-to–New York designer’s past collections will remember that Theyskens has often bounced between high-rise, fitted trousers and low-slung pants that reveal swaths of skin. This time around, he went for broke with both at once. The new style allows the coverage of a higher-waisted pant with the fluid drape of a much lower one. “I mainly designed the pants this way because it looks great on girls,” Theyskens explained. “It’s exactly how I like to see pants fall. The construction above the lower waistband allows the girl to feel the pants actually fit right.” The designer, it turns out, errs on the side of modesty, even if he may occasionally bare flesh on the runway. “It’s also useful to avoid showing too much underwear,” he added.