Olivier Theyskens‘s is almost as well-known for his shiny long black sheet of hair as he is for his edgy, critically acclaimed design aesthetic. Well, that is, until now.
Into the Gloss debuted the designer’s new look today–and gone are the luscious long locks. Theyskens‘s new ‘do is a Kurt Cobain-esque chin-length mop, which the designer apparently let one of his non-hairdresser friends DIY for him at home. “Odile [Gilbert] usually cuts it, but she’s very quick, very precise, very graphic lines,” he told ITG. “And for this, it’s better when it’s kind of wrong, you know?”
While it is a bit of a shock to see the designer without his signature long hair, we have to say we’re digging the new look. And don’t worry, the drastic chop isn’t the result of some big personal crisis.
“There’s no real reason, but people always want to think there’s something more to it. I’ve been wanting to cut it for years, but it’s never been the right time—when I left Ricci and took a year off, I wanted to cut it, but then people would think, ‘Oh no, did he freak out?!’ [Laughs] And then when I took the job at Theory and moved to New York, people would have associated it with that change. So I just waited.”
But while we love his new cropped ‘do, we felt Theyskens’s gorgeous long hair deserved a commemoration sorts. So, in memorial of the long locks (RIP, dear friend), click through for the best shots of Theyskens’s long hair.