Olivier Theyskens’ F/W 2012 collection is dark sophistication for a women who has an affinity for the avant-garde but at the end of the day, needs pieces that are wearable. Of course, this women is also has a bit of a dark streak.
Dually inspired by luxury ready-to-wear of the past (think ’60s & ’70s), as well as smoldering rock n’roll edge, Theyskens’ collection was sheer, sharp, and streamlined. Casual boyish trousers, embellished t-shirts, and naturally leather jackets were eventually dressed up with metallic tweed pieces, chunky fur detail and Bouclé coats. Anyone familiar with Theyskens’ work knows his gowns always make the biggest statement, and this season was no different. Ethereal and airy gowns glided down the runway in his signature downtown-cool fashion.
Featuring one of my favorite runway music track lists of the season, Theyskens’ boldly opted for the sexy sounds of Missy Elliot and downtown cool of M.I.A’s new track, “Bad Girls”. Closing the song with a feel-good ’70s classic, “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles, it was an ironic mix that enhanced the show seamlessly. “Music [drives] the type of energy desired for the show. Its sound illustrates a position towards modernity or a will to underline any references; it adds something extra to the clothes and the attitude,” explains designer Theyskens to Vanity Fair. “Its flow can strengthen the message of the collection—if any. The right choice of the music is crucial for the magic of a good show.” Seriously, you have to give these songs a listen!
THEYSKENS’ THEORY F/W 2012 TRACK LIST:
1. “She’s a Bitch” by Missy Elliot
2. “Erotic Heat” by Jlin
3. “Bad Girls” by M.I.A
4. “Psycho War” by Young Smoke
5. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles