August 29 2014

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2 posts tagged "Julien Claessens"

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.

Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Rodarte’s Scientists, Spike Jonze’s Jewelry, And More…


Dasha Zhukova’s Pop promises to fill the “stem-cell scientist” void so achingly evident in the fashion world with a Rodarte shoot inspired by just that. Stem cell scientists, that is.

The Brits recommend wearing leather (hint: it’s going to be big for fall) like “a louche French actress.” So, not like a Hells Angel? [Guardian U.K.]

Spike Jonze may be a film guy, but he’s been linked to fashion types (ex-wife Sofia Coppola then, Michelle Williams now), so his film-inspired accessories collection for Opening Ceremony was really just a matter of time. The film is Where the Wild Things Are, which means fangs, feathers, and horns. Grrr. [W Editors’ Blog]

Do you miss Olivier Theyskens? Yeah, us too. Get yourself an O.T. fix this January when Olivier Theyskens: The Other Side of the Picture, a photo-heavy tome from Assouline with pics by Julien Claessens, comes out. And sigh. [WWD]

Victoria Beckham‘s new dress collection lands in Bergdorf’s today, and with it this swingin’ video (sorry, too easy). [Bergdorf Goodman]

Photo: Justin Campbell/ BuzzFoto / Film Magic