Theyskens Designs for Theory Reveal & Conceal

Fans of former Rochas and Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens were caught by surprise when it was announced not long ago that he would be taking on a full-time gig with Theory. Although the minimalist luxury label isn’t as acclaimed as the two fashion houses he previously worked for, there’s no question that it’s more accessible (even if the capsule collection—aptly-titled Theyskens Theory—still retails for over 20 percent more than Theory’s main line), and boy, is it sharp.

When the new collection debuted for spring 2011, editors and fans alike were pleased to see Theyskens’ inventive tailoring roll out on a new platform—think jackets with shrugged shoulders, versatile separates, and sleek silhouettes. For his second season with the label, the designer delivers the same expert construction, but takes us on a bit of a visual roller coaster, proving that Theyskens’s own design theory really has no boundaries.

The collection starts off with revealing gothic-inspired pieces:

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Then a more conservative look emerges, in signature Theory simplicity:

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By the end, we see a combination of both styles – sexy hot pants and a sheer blouse topped with a more serious, boxy overcoat.

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See the complete collection here.

Photos via Fashionologie

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