Showing posts with label Olivier Theyskens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Olivier Theyskens. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Olivier at Liberty

Last Thursday saw my favourite designer making an appearance at my favourite department store. Olivier Theyskens was in town to sign copies of his beautiful book, The Other Side of The Picture. Not really a Leona Lewis style book signing complete with punch ups, this was a more sophisticated soiree, hosted by Sarah Mower and attended by fashion names Roland Mouret, Lara Bohinc, Richard Nicoll and Nicholas Kirkwood. Oh and George Lamb. I haven’t been this excited for a celeb encounter since The Portmanteau cornered Mick Jagger at the Brown Thomas Fashion show when we were 14. I was the ultimate geeky fan but OT didn’t seem too freaked out by my enthusiasm. At least, he very kindly pretended not to be. He made sure to spell my name correctly (“ Pour Niamh, Love Olivier”) –you see, he loves me too - and going off to find photog Julien Claessens so he could also sign my book.

It seems the fashion world gets themselves into quite a state regarding the fate of this über talented designer, with rumours constantly swirling around him concerning his next move. But at Liberty, he was the calm at the centre of the intrigue, talking easily about his upcoming capsule collection for Theory out in September. When I first thought Theyskens + Theory, I was a bit worried. Gothic romance meets boring office wear? Hmmm, not sure about that. But he promised me it would be “very Olivier” and was looking forward to bringing his designs to the masses. For someone criticised in the past for not being in sync with economic pressures, he seemed very aware now of making his vision more attainable. And Theyskens genius at affordable prices? – sounds good to me. NOK

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


I’ve been out of the internet loop for a while. There was Christmas of course and before that, an epic journey from London that involved a cancelled flight, staying overnight in Stansted airport and Christmas shopping in Holyhead before getting the ferry home. Now it’s that lazy time before New Year and my days involve nothing more taxing than eating Selection boxes for breakfast and laughing at Fair City. Before my life became this uneventful, I had the chance to interview Olivier Theyskens for Glass magazine. It was a lovely early Christmas present for me as anyone who reads this blog will know that I am a massive OT fan so I was beyond excited and thrilled about this. I was a little bit apprehensive as he is known for being ultra private and mysterious but he was surprisingly friendly and open, recommending books and music and using one of my most overused words - “cosy” - to describe his adopted city of Paris. The interview coincides with the release of The Other Side of the Picture, a beautiful retrospective of his career with photographs by Julien Claessens to be published by Assouline in the new year. A decade of OT’s heavenly designs in a beautiful coffee table book – I can’t think of anything better. Read all about it here. NOK

Friday, May 1, 2009

Halston No! No! No!

Now that Peter Copping has been officially revealed as the new designer at the helm of Nina Ricci, it's time to find my beloved Olivier Theyskens a new home. I have professed my love for Theykens here before - a love for his beautiful face as well as his beautiful creations. There have been some horrible rumours swirling that he was about to go and join Halston - I can't think of a more ill-suited pairing - completely opposite aesthetics. American sportswear and gothic romanticism do not mix. There would be nothing worse than allowing awful Tamara Mellon & co to get their hands on him. Anna Wintour showed she was firmly on Team Theyskens, praising him in her editor's letter in April's Vogue and slamming Nina Ricci for letting him go. This also made me feel a bit uneasy - Anna usually has crushes on boring people like Roger Federer. I don't want her keeping tabs on my Theyskens by dragging him stateside.

Other goss has linked the brilliant Belgian to a design role at dormant house Schiaparelli - a better fit than Halston but neither really seem like the perfect match to me. Hopefully, OT will manage to avoid the clutches of both Anna & Tamara and can concentrate on reviving his signature label - yes, the financial backing of a Harvey Weinstein type would be nice but more importantly, he could flourish more creatively without the constraints of a fashion house.