Design Theory

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How’s everyone doing? All these runway shows can be exhausting.  But you’ve got to remember, Fashion Week is a marathon and not a sprint.  And to help you over the hump I am here with Theory.  No, not a theory, but Theory’s Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection headed by newly crowned Artistic Director Oliver Theyskens!  Well because at both his previous homes at Rochas and Nina Ricci, Theysken’s collections were widely acclaimed.  And chances are this one will be as well!

Theory 2011 Ready-To-Wear-Collection. Photo by Macus Tondo/ via

One of this collection’s strong points was the variety of impeccably tailored coats.  I am a big fan of their oversized silhouette paired with a shorter profile beneath.  Contrastingly, I would love to see the long dress paired with a cropped jacket.  Play with size and presence is a theme that Theyskens seems to have a strong grasp on.

Theory 2011 Ready-To-Wear-Collection. Photo by Macus Tondo/ via

But just so we don’t think he’s a one trick pony, Theyskens included some softer, more relaxed looks as well.  Throughout this fashion week I have shared my love for maxi skirts, and this one is no exception.  In both the short and long looks above the skirts exude ease and comfort that makes the wearer just look cool.

Theory 2011 Ready-To-Wear-Collection. Photo by Macus Tondo/ via

Here we are again given two of the coat options from the collection (I am sure these will fly off the racks) as well as beautiful shades of purple and teal.  But the real star here are the slacks and the lesson that comes with them.   This Theory Collection shows us that design has moved beyond the question of wide leg vs. skinny (and everything in between!).  Instead, anything goes- as long as the styling works!


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