One of fashion's most skilled and beloved designers is coming back: Olivier Theyskens will revive his namesake label at Paris Fashion Week this October, according to a report by Business of Fashion.
Theyskens first launched his own line in 1997, but it shuttered in 2002 under mounting pressure from retailers and investors; he then went to work for Rochas, followed by Nina Ricci and Theory. Since leaving Theory in 2014, he has been quietly working on relaunching his eponymous brand, bringing on LVMH veteran Maximiliano Nicolelli as chief executive. The duo plan on doing things differently this time, with Nicolelli putting emphasis on a slow and steady approach; Theyskens is funding the label himself to begin with, and will launch with an exclusive group of retailers. The line will also show on the standard calendar, starting with only spring and fall collections. BoF reports the line will "sit at it at the upper end of the ready-to-wear spectrum" pricing-wise.
Often named among the rumored designers up for major job openings at houses like Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga over the past few years, Theyskens's quiet namesake return is a welcome surprise. One thing is for certain: Theyskens's revival will be one of the most anticipated events of Paris Fashion Week — not just for the fashion flock, but for the designer himself. "It's good for me to think back to what I personally want to do," he tells BoF. "When I was working for other brands, I was pushing a lot of stuff to the side that I would have done for [my own line]."
We have reached out to Olivier Theyskens, and will update with any further information.