We'd assumed Anna Wintour wasn't happy that Olivier Theyskens' time was up at Nina Ricci when she was overheard saying 'How could you do this to me?' on hearing this season's collection was the designer's last. But in case anyone was in any doubt about whose corner she stands in, the Vogue editor-in-chief has made her feelings crystal clear: ‘Talent is a serious business. At Vogue, we do not take for granted the miraculous emergence, development and ascendance of great artists. We depend on them for our livelihood... Olivier Theyskens' recent departure from Nina Ricci suggests to me that the vital role of artistic talent has been obscured in the current economic climate. My staff and I were shocked to learn that Theyskens' contract would not be renewed; and I am very concerned that the business of fashion is undervaluing the most important asset our industry requires: creative visionaries. There's a reason we continue to see Theyskens' influence everywhere, from catwalks to the mall. He'll be back, but fashion must hold its nerve.' Sounds like Olivier can guarantee a couple of Vogue spreads if (or when, if Anna has anything to do with it...) he starts his own eponymous fashion line... [FWD]
Anna Wintour stands by her man
23 March 2009
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