NYFW Backstage Q&A: Five Minutes with Olivier Theyskens

Liz Doupnik
NYFW Backstage Q&A: Five Minutes with Olivier Theyskens
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Olivier Theyskens—the Belgian designer behind cool-girl label Theyskens’ Theory—showcased his compulsively wearable Fall 2013 collection this afternoon to a packed house of editors, it-girls, and influencers.

Highlights included futuristic short dresses in dense quilted fabrics, tailored blazers, billowy shorts, and slouchy pants, all of which came together to create a collection as cool and effortless as Theyskens’ past, but perhaps a tad more grown up.

We caught up with the designer after the show, where he filled us in on his inspiration, his favorite pieces, and what role the future.

Check out the interview below and the best looks from his collection above!

StyleCaster: What was the inspiration behind this collection?

Olivier Theyskens: For the inspiration, I wanted to work on the notion of futurism, it’s something I never did before. I was wondering what voice I wanted to have with the idea of futurism. I really wanted it to feel real, like it could really happen, not utopic. I wanted it to feel positive, and warm, a lot of comfort and warmth. A lot of easy shapes, a larger silhouette with some sportwear references. But then, you have the classics that are forever going to be there in your wardrobe like some tailoring, [which] bring a twist to it.

What is your girl doing in the future?

I imagined that this girl could be comfortable and sleeping for a year in some of these dresses. I didn’t want it to look so weird–just very real.

Which pieces did you especially love in this collection?

I really like the mix of it. It becomes something when everything is put together and you can digest the look on the body. I’m very inspired when I see the girls. I do the look based on [the fact that] she might really want to wear this look. It speaks to me, it never stops to me. In the end, there isn’t a favorite piece, it’s the way she looks.

Do you have a style rule that you always follow?

I don’t really have one, I like to consider anything. There isn’t really one style rule, I think a collection needs to find consistency, so you can go in directions you can never expect and shake your rules.

How did the notion of layered shorts come about?

To me it was part of the idea that this girl was cool and confident, she didn’t need to be so confined. I wanted oversized shorts and pants that you can wear over each other to feel comfy and warm. So she doesn’t need to be cinched.

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A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

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A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

A look from the Theyskens' Theory Fall 2013 collection.

Photo: ImaxTree/

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