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Theyskens’ Theory Spring 2012 Collection: Laid-Back and Fast-Paced

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Who knew that creative wunderkind Olivier Theyskens, off an ill-fated stint at Nina Ricci, and business-casual staple brand Theory would be a match made in street-style heaven? It’s kismet. Especially after taking in Theyskens’ Theory Spring collection, aimed, as Olivier said himself, for all the cool downtown girls. He satisfies – and uptown girls will be happy, too! Theysken’s really comprehends how women want to dress these days.

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Iridescent jewel tones brought life to periwinkle and indigo blues, standby neutrals, and go-to blacks. Breathable dresses suggest a life on the go. It felt like there was a an organic high-low mix going on, thanks to the smart tweed jackets with way off-kilter pockets, silky low-slung cargo pants, and a cunningly devised mix of structure and movement. Cropped leather highlighter-hued pants with metallic sheen and midriff-baring crocheted tops bring out the inner rock star and the consistent “jacket required” message will keep her in check. Maybe most impressively, Theyskens has managed to reinvent the high-waisted jean! By combining the lengthening silhouette with boyfriend slouch to spare, he’s given denim a new look – one for the heady set who is desperate for something new and different.

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