Kate Moss’ Swang Song, Olivier Theyskens’ New Wings

After inciting biannual shopping riots with a whopping fourteen collections for Topshop over seven years, Kate Moss is debuting her final collection for the British retailer. Slated to hit racks November 2, the line is unsurprisingly chock-full of Moss staples like “lots of sequined dresses and hotpants… a tweed cape with a faux fur collar and boho vintage inspired floral day dresses,” according to The Moment, which is currently screening a filmic preview of the collection. As for Moss’ favorite item: “If I had to pick one I’d go for the pansy dress!” While the supermodel may be commanding more dough post cocaine scandal than ever before, according to the Telegraph, her line has been suffering from the opposite problem.

It seems unlikely that anyone without Moss’ uncanny star power could carry a single designer collaboration more than seven years. As for her next project, strangely domestic-sounding rumors about jam-making and inn-operating are swirling. (Basically, it’s anyone’s guess.)

Olivier Theyskens, the Belgian designer who sat at both Nina Ricci and Rochas’ helms, has just turned a capsule collection into a full-time job. Thus far, Theyskens has released one collection in collaboration with the Japanese-owned Theory since returning from his much-mourned hiatus. Now news has it that Theory has appointed Theyskens artistic director, allowing him to stretch his designer muscles and create a full, mid-priced collection. “In his expanded role, Mr. Theyskens will head up a creative team of 25 people to produce clothes that will sell at 30 percent less than his signature line. Theory’s prices are typically $240 for a pair of pants and $175 for a top,” says the New York Times. Apparently the partnership is so far going swimmingly. At this price-point especially, the move is sure to come as a huge relief for Theyskens’ legions of dedicated fans.

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