15 posts tagged "Theory"
At most of the major fashion conglomerates, each brand operates as its own fiercely independent fiefdom—you’d hardly expect Louis Vuitton and Fendi to join forces on a bag, though they happen to be corporate siblings at LVMH. But at Theory, Andrew Rosen is working a different angle. Rosen’s Theory is owned by Japan’s Fast Retailing, which also owns Uniqlo, among others; and now, with a new capsule collection of down jackets and vests, Rosen is bringing Theory and Uniqlo together. T down, as the collection is known, draws on the design sensibility of the former and the production expertise of the latter to gin up some of the sharpest jackets we’ve seen this (early) winter. And because of Uniqlo’s manufacturing capabilities, they’re both super affordable (topping out at $149 for a hooded jacket, nearly unheard of for down) and available for men, women, kids, and baby. The women’s styles and campaign debut exclusively here on Style.com. They’ll be in Uniqlo and Theory stores and Theory.com—though presumably not for long—on November 15. Could this kick off a trend for intragroup collaborations fashion-world-wide? It’s not especially likely, but it’s a warming thought.
Provocateur Paz De La Huerta, McQueen Exhibit Could Be Bound For London, Donna On Deborah Turbeville, And More…-------
Paz de la Huerta is the new muse for lingerie label Agent Provocateur. The Boardwalk Empire star will appear in a series of short films to be shown on their Web site, along with a series of stills. [WWD]
In case you missed the record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met, you could get a chance to redeem yourself if it opens in London. British Vogue reports that the McQueen design house has been in talks with several London venues about hosting the hugely popular exhibit. [Vogue U.K.]
Fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville’s Tainted Beauty exhibition at Donna Karan’s London boutique is set to open next month, along with a Rizzoli book featuring her works. Nowness spoke with Donna Karan and the exhibit curator on the photographer’s legacy. [Nowness]
Marc Jacobs isn’t the only designer impacted by Hurricane Irene. Olivier Theyskens’ Theory runway show has been moved from Monday, September 12, to Tuesday, September 13, due to this weekend’s wild weather. [WWD]
Like his Spring ’11 Theory collection? Good news for you: Today, Olivier Theyskens was named artistic director for all of Theory. The line starts now. [WWD]
This is the kind of infographic we can’t get enough of: The reporters at Racked have stacked up the prices of vintage band tees at NYC boutique Scout to see whose musical stock is highest. The takeaway? Do like Megan Fox (left) and invest in Motley Crüe. Now there’s a phrase we never thought we’d utter. [Racked]
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery, or did one of Harry Potter‘s costume designers get a little too close to a Fall ’08 Alexander McQueen gown? [Lela London via Refinery29]
And Lara Stone—fresh from causing controversy as the face (and mostly undressed body) of Calvin Klein—admits that she prefers naughty photo shoots. Why, you could knock us over with a feather! [Vogue U.K.]
When Barneys New York founded its Co-Op levels and stores in 1985, they were, as Style.com editor in chief Dirk Standen put it to the store’s Julie Gilhart, “in the vanguard of the mix-and-match approach.” “We never thought of Co-Op as a place where you find secondary collections,” Gilhart demurred. “It’s a place where you find something different.” Different as in not seen before (but almost always seen after) in other stores—and different, according to many designers whose careers Co-Op has nurtured, as in making all the difference to the fledgling businesses. “We are so happy the Co-Op exists to expose small brands,” Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai said recently. They’re not so small anymore. Phillip Lim agrees. Co-Op, he enthuses, “is like the A&R people of the fashion industry: They are the first to discover and support young talent.” That young talent is giving back for its 25th anniversary, offering exclusive products in stores and online. They include (left to right) a soft cowl-neck dress from Wayne, a cloud-print shirt dress from Vena Cava, and a fur-hood anorak from Theory that’s perfect for the cold weather soon to come.
A solid three-point plan to upmarket your brand: 1) Begin introducing more luxurious products into your office-friendly line. 2) Sign on Olivier Theyskens to do something, anything. And 3) Bring in a footwear expert to design hot new styles, from lace-up booties to cap-toed platform spectator heels.
That’s the Theory plan, and so far, it’s working. The label’s offerings are looking better season after season (Bergdorf’s Linda Fargo is raving about its glamorous and comparative inexpensive fur coat for fall), and Theyskens’ collection for the brand is on deck. But before the former Rochas and Nina Ricci phenom tries his hand, there are the shoes. Several styles launch tomorrow on Theory’s Web site, all for under $600. There’s a lace-up bootie in leather or charcoal flannel, a cutout take on the hot-again pump, and a chunky sling-back we wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more of in the coming weeks. Who to thank for all of these? The brand’s design team and a certain much-followed private designer. No names, but you never know—she might just hit the shows sporting one of her own creations. If that’s the case, we’d advise buying now, before they sell immediately out.
Leather lace-up bootie, $595, and suede sling-back, $415, available tomorrow at www.theory.com.