In a recent interview for AnOther Magazine, Belgian designer, Olivier Theyskens, spoke about fashion, of course. In case you don't know, the 35-year old has designed for the likes of Rochas and Nina Ricci, and has won the coveted CFDA International Award. Theyskens has only really come into his own at Theory. CEO and industry champion, Andrew Rosen, brought Theyskens on to design a S/S 2011 capsule for Theory, and named him creative director shortly thereafter.
So, what does Theyskens have to say about fashion versus style? "There is a fashion world, but in the fashion world, very few people get what "style" actually is, even in the work of a designer. They get used to seeing so many collections, many propositions, and it becomes like browsing books for kids. They say, 'He wanted to play red and dots,' and they forget that after all some designers are not about giving trendy tricks, and they simply have style. You can see it even in normal, simple clothes. Many people in fashion have no clue about what style is."