For Spring 12, Olivier Theyskens catered to every possible whim with his collection for Theory. From casual looks and workplace wear, to disco dresses through to floor-sweeping gowns, the young Parisian designer with a renowned couture-like sensibility took his collection to every occasion – and we were loving it!


Theyskens’ eclectic SS12 collection was focused more on separates and their countless combinations, than on stand-alone pieces. In one ensemble, a sassy black crochet mini-dress was paired ingeniously with a masculine olive green floor-length duster coat, other’s included a cropped black leather motorbike jacket and shrunken tweedy cardigan paired with a knee-length dress and men’s style suit pants. Loose-fit blazers were matched with structured shorts, and drop-crotch blue boyfriend jeans sat at ease with a grungy spring knit cardigan.


Much of the collection featured a purposely lived-in feel, a grungy aesthetic – there was a lot of lazy-chic daywear throughout teamed with tomboy boots – which is sure to please, but it was the fun disco numbers and breathtaking evening-wear that really stood out.


Cute dresses with gently flowing bias-cut hems in striking metallic fabrics, and out-there trousers cut seemingly from iridescent cellophane, were hard to miss. The showstoppers though, as expected, were the final looks to hit the sparse warehouse venue: intricate web-like cocktail dresses and demi-couture floorlength gowns revealing a whole lot of skin and a black grosgrain full-skirted gown with sultry cut-out back.