Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Today sees the much-anticipated UK launch of Olivier Theyskens' first capsule collection for the American brand Theory and in just a few days, with New York Fashion Week kicking off, he will be showing his first collection for Theyskens' Theory as the brand's Creative Director. Isn't it amazing how in the little time that has passed since the shocking announcement that one of the most creative and admired designers of his generation, the man that gave Her Majesty The Madonna a goth edge, went on to breath life into Rochas and made every woman and girl - and any man with half a heart - on the planet cry first tears of joy at the beauty of his Nina Ricci gowns and then tears of sadness when he announced his departure from the iconic Parisian house...that the thought that this man would be designing for a label most commonly associated with office suits that last and last and admittedly, look pretty nice, wouldn't seem so bizarre?
I was lucky to get to interview Olivier on the day the announcement was made, which happily coincided with the launch of his Assouline book, 'The Other Side of The Picture', for Grazia Daily. He seemed very confident and excited about getting back to designing, surprisingly relaxed, and yes - just as dreamy as you could have hoped! His reasoning for taking on the challenge rather than indulging his public around the world (press and clients alike) with more sensationally romantic designs under his own label? He wanted to design something that his friends could afford and wear. And judging from the images of his first collection, available at Net-a-Porter from today, he has managed to do so much more than that.
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Wednesday, 2 February 2011
The lovely people at Selfridges have created the world's longest denim wall (I may be making this up but then again, maybe not!) and to celebrate they're putting together a fun event to take place at the London store, starting tomorrow (Thursday the 3rd of Feb) and on until Saturday the 5th. Expect the coolest names in denim - J. Brand, Paige Denim, True Religion, Citizens of Humanity, Goldsign and Biometrics - debuting new styles for Spring-Summer with their experts in attendance to offer invaluable advice so come along! I say 'come' because in the middle of all this denim fantasia Selfridges were kind enough to ask little ol' me to be a part of it! And I'm in good company - the dreamy Jackie Dixon aka Show Me Your Wardrobe, the divine Mel Rickey aka Fashion Editor at Large and the delightful Susie Lau aka Style Bubble will also be taking part and over the three days will be hosting a 'bloggers bar' and talking all things blog, blogger, blogging. And if none of these good people are doing it for you (in which case, why are you here?) I have it in good authority there will be music by the Work It girls and mini Pop champagne bottles going around (that's why you're here!).
I will be at Selfridges (3rd Central, 3rd floor) tomorrow from 2-4 pm and If I'm not wrong Susie will be there right before me 12-2. Come, say hi, have some champagne - make sure you get some lunch in you first, check out some jeans, have fun!
Now, I am most definitely a jeans person. I live in my favourite pair until it melts on my body and have done so since I was a teenager, growing up in the Nineties on an island in Greece when it was all about the Levi's and specifically the 501s. Some may argue, it still is! I like my denim worn in, faded, dirty. Luxe, shiny, perfectly polished jeans will just not work. And neither will a denim mini skirt. I tried, it just feels wrong on me. Trying to explain it to my sis I could only come up with 'too Jennifer Aniston'. Words may fail me at times but a good comparison with a Hollywood actress is never far! Having said that, denim shorts - yes! I think it's the tomboy in me. I am therefore looking forward to checking out J. Brand's retro shorts, as seen below, that with their high waist could make my summer uniform. Also excited by J. Brand's Martini skinny flares because, even though I'm writing this in my trusted skinny jeans, I'm ready for a change and I think skinny flares might be the ones. And finally, every since I saw Isabel Marant's pale pink jeans from her SS11 show I've been looking for a pair but as this is coming from a person whose best friend once gasped when she changed from skinny black jeans to skinny blue ones, this might take a while!
See you all tomorrow, yes?
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