Olivier Theyskens talks about his role at Theory

29 October 2010

Pictures of the first collection of Theysken's Theory from Nymag

Olivier Theyskens, the dazzling young Belgian designer who shocked the fashion world by taking a job at up-market workwear company, Theory in NY, instead of choosing a Parisian atelier (he is always rumoured to be 'about to be appointed' to houses like Chanel and YSL), has spoken to the New York Times about his career choices so far and about his working practices.  On his inspiration; ‘I thought about what kind of clothes I would like to have in my wardrobe if I were a cool girl’.

On the differences between the various ranges; ‘In Theyskens’ Theory, there is a large possibility for bringing ideas and new designs, and probably it is more like a laboratory. But in the main Theory collection you are working more on what people wear every day. It is an amazing opportunity to think about everyday life. It is not something expected from an edgy designer, but to me it is interesting.’

AND on what he would do if Chanel started calling him with job offers now he is settled at Theory; ‘This is the question that I hear for 10 years. The important thing that I believe very strongly is that there is a right thing at the right time and the right place. As a designer, I am known for more of a creativity point of view. [However] in addition to creativity, simplicity has always been very important to me and in my work, so I feel the position here is right for what I want to do.’

Now then Olivier, that’s neither a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ is it? But we suppose we’ll let you off for now...

- Naomi Attwood


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