Last night's New York City Ballet 2013 Fall Gala was an opportunity for some of New York's most famous residents to step out in striking strapless gowns. Natalie Portman was there on the arm of ballet beau Benjamin Millepied, who was premiering his fifth work for the NYCB. She wore head-to-toe Dior, including a textured couture gown with blue and yellow panels. Sarah Jessica Parker, meanwhile, blended ballet and fashion perfectly as she accompanied designers Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens down the red carpet. Both designers have created costumes for the NYCB's Autumn program, and they collaborated on Sarah's gown for the gala (Gurung designed the top, Theyskens the skirt). These were two very different looks with one thing in common — that shoulder-baring silhouette. But which look did you love the most?
When you see Theyskens' Theory collection, you are reminded of the extraordinary fact that this is one of high fashion’s most romantic, deeply talented designers creating clothes for a contemporary American sportswear brand, which has become known for their well-fitting pants. It’s a most unlikely (and brilliant) collaboration. Olivier Theyskens plays that note between edgy and feminine like a virtuoso violinist — there’s a delicacy to even the most basic pieces that makes us sigh. For Spring 2012, there was a standard outfit: a pair of slouchy skinny pants worn over the sky-highest heels ever, with a metallic top and an exquisitely tailored tweed jacket that bore all the markings of a world-class designer. “Basic sweaters” had cutaway backs and crochet details, and were often woven through with metallic threading. One incredible green beaded jacket, as ornate as anything to be found in designer or even couture collections, shiny pants that looked like they had been cut from rainbow-hued cellophane, and a glowing white shift were made for the cool disco set. He finished with delicate organza gowns, one black and one oyster-hued, with a cutaway back and a slightly transparent quality. In short, it was dreamy.
- Trends: Tailored jackets, metallics, crochet, downtown chic.
- Colors: Silver, chrome, metallic green, white, gray, navy.
- Key Piece: Tailored tweed blazers that look even better from the back, metallic "cellophane" pants, a beaded green jacket.
- Accessories: Sleek bags, including a large square, flat portfolio bag, insanely high platform stilettos, and motorcycle boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Sleek, downtown girls.
Source: Theyskens' Theory Spring 2012
Olivier Theyskens collection for Theory landed in stores last week and since then the whole fashion world has been abuzz with excitement. His designs have already been worn by Helena Christensen at the amfAR gala and Leigh Lezark at New York Fashion Week. Earlier this week, Theyskens presented his second collection at NYFW, but now its time to take a closer look at his designs for Spring '11. Click through to see fab pieces which are available now.
There is a lot of hype surrounding Olivier Theysken's debut collection for Theory. His appointment at the fashion house was confirmed back in October, and tomorrow the wait is finally up. The collection launches at Net-a-Porter tomorrow, but before that, watch this short video to find out more about the designer.
Back in May, former Nina Ricci creative director Olivier Theyskens partnered with Theory to create a capsule collection, which then debuted in September. The collaboration clearly worked because now the relationship has been taken a step further with Olivier being named artistic director. We have to wait until next Autumn to see Olivier's design influence, but in the meantime, let's behold Theory's latest impeccably styled Autumn lookbook.
- Olivier Theyskens teams up with Theory - Elle
- Karl Lagerfeld is like Diane Kruger's stepfather - Vogue
- Does Sex and the City set fashion trends? - Guardian
- Claudia Schiffer names her baby girl - In Style
- Victoria Beckham is a Carrie - Marie Claire
- DKNY High Summer 2010 collection - Handbag
- Is an Isabella Blow movie in the making? - Grazia Daily
- Behind the scenes of Madonna’s Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses shoot - The Cut
- Roberto Cavalli doesn't want a successor - Fashionologie
- Pierre Cardin is recovering well following a fall, and back at his château - WWD
- Valentino is in talks with The Vienna Philharmonic to design their New Year costumes - WWD
- Olivier Theyskens is not going to Halston - Fashionologie
- Behind the scenes at Victoria Beckham's Armani shoot - Grazia Daily
- Anna Wintour wants the MET Ball to be remembered for fun, not fighting - The Cut
- Karl approves of Audrey Tatou - Vogue
- Kate Moss' beau goes AWOL - The Sun
- Natalia Vodianova shows us around Russia - CNN
Rumours have been circulating for a while and in January it was confirmed that Olivier Theyskens would be leaving Nina Ricci when his contract terminated. However, the French fashion house has today announced that the creative director has already parted ways with them, about six months and a collection earlier than expected.
In an official joint statement Ricci said that Theyskens had exited on 10th March. Ricci “wishes to re-orientate its development strategy for the years to come,” and added, “Consequently, Nina Ricci and its artistic director Olivier Theyksens have decided by mutual agreement to cease their collaboration.” Peter Copping, who has been working at Louis Vuitton with Marc Jacobs, is set to take on the role although there are no updates in regards to his position.
Plenty of rumours were circulating throughout Paris Fashion Week as to the future of Theysken's career including working on the revival of Schiaparelli, and a relaunch of his signature label, but nothing is yet confirmed.
Fab Flash: Theyskens Out, Copping in at Nina Ricci Bummer. The rumors are confirmed — Olivier Theyskens is officially out at Nina Ricci. Why? Apparently, Theyskens and management clashed; management wanted to go commercial and Theyskens didn't. Adding salt to the wound, speculations for Olivier's replacement have already been announced.