15 posts tagged "Theory"
After four years at the helm of Theory, artistic director Olivier Theyskens is out. The Belgian-born designer, who was tapped by the contemporary megabrand’s CEO Andrew Rosen in 2010 and debuted his first Theyskens’ Theory collection for Fall 2011, will show his final designs for the brand for Pre-Spring 2015. While editors fell hard for his perfect flared pants and signature slim blazers, his namesake Theory line was discontinued when it didn’t sell well in stores. This past February, he showed under the main label.
“It has been an amazing opportunity to work with Andrew and to benefit from his knowledge in this dynamic segment of fashion,” Theyskens told WWD. The designer, who served as artistic director for Nina Ricci and creative director at Rochas (and famously first rose to fame when Madonna wore his dress to the Oscars back in the nineties), is reportedly set to work on new design projects. The details on his new endeavors have yet to be revealed.
Theory has tapped the legendary Stella Tennant for its serene (and first-ever) digital campaign. Debuting exclusively here on Style.com, the Lachlan Bailey-lensed campaign includes a collection of ten-second videos (below) featuring Tennant as well as male model Clement Chabernaud. Dressed in Theory’s signature, streamlined Spring ’14 wares—like a white silk blouse and tailored blazer—Tennant glows in the black-and-white clips. “Stella is a perfect fit for Theory, as she is an icon of modernity,” Theory designer Olivier Theyskens, who led the creative direction for the ads, told Style.com. The campaign was shot here in New York and coincides with the brand’s recent shift from Theyskens’ Theory to simply Theory, a decision that was made in an attempt to unify the brand. Theory’s new outdoor and digital campaigns will launch in March, and behind-the-scenes content can be found later today on theory.com.
It’s not just rescue puppies and Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts that have fallen into Ralph Lauren’s good graces of late. Today, WWD reports that the designer’s company has donated $500,000 to the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, which, launched last month by the CFDA, Theory CEO Andrew Rosen, and the New York City Economic Development Corp., aims to raise funds to help New York’s garment industry thrive. It’s nice to see that the New York-born Lauren (who caught some flack for producing the RL-designed 2012 Olympic uniforms in China) is rallying to support the home team.
FNO may be a thing of the past, but Diane von Furstenberg and Theory’s Andrew Rosen have appropriated the shop-till-you-drop evening fund-raising technique for their own philanthropic purposes. On March 18, the pair will host the first annual Open Market—an event that will bring music (DJ sets from the Misshapes, Nancy, JD Samson), food, cocktails, and fashion (sample sales from Alice + Olivia, Helmut Lang, Honor, Theory, DVF herself, and more) together to benefit the Meatpacking District Improvement Association. Set under one roof at the Highline Stages, the fund-raiser will be a “visual homage” to the vintage MePa days. We hope they don’t take the theme too literally, though.
To purchase tickets, visit meatpackingopenmarket.eventbrite.com. All ticket proceeds will go to the MPIA.
The Spring 2013 shows marked a snakeskin revival. It slithered down the runway in New York at Proenza Schouler and in London at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. We saw it on sleek dresses at Reed Krakoff and Gucci, and on handbags at Valentino. The luxe exotic is in high demand, so incorporate Spring’s slick serpent motif into your wardrobe for the new year with pieces from Lanvin, Nicholas Kirkwood, Oscar de la Renta, and more.
1. Theory blouse, $267.31, available at www.farfetch.com
2. Giambattista Valli dress, $1,364, available at www.mytheresa.com
3. Lanvin clutch, $3,400, available at www.netaporter.com
4. Oscar de la Renta bracelet, $195, available at www.oscardelarenta.com
5. Nicholas Kirkwood sandal, $825, available at www.netaporter.com
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