Olivier Theyskens named creative director of Azzaro

Olivier Theyskens. Courtesy of Azzaro

Olivier Theyskens has been appointed the creative director of French fashion house Azzaro.

The Belgian designer launched his namesake brand back in 1998, but shuttered the line after four years to take up stints at Rochas, Nina Ricci, and Theory.

Theyskens rebooted his own label in 2016, and after several seasons showing in Paris, he has now been tapped by bosses to reinvigorate the company founded by Loris Azzaro in 1967.

"Loris Azzaro left behind a considerable, very inspiring legacy," he said in a statement. "I am excited, thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity of bringing my vision to this legendary, iconoclastic House, for which freedom and pleasure remain ever-as-contemporary founding values. I would like to carry on this atypical universe through my collections while infusing them with my own perspective."

Theyskens, known for his dark yet romantic aesthetic and use of the colour black, will unveil his debut line for Azzaro during Paris Couture Week in July.

In addition to overseeing the brand's workshop in the French capital, he will continue to work on collections for his own fashion house.

Accordingly, Azzaro's chief executive officer, Gabriel de Linage, is excited to see what the 43-year-old brings to the label.

"His renowned talent, experience and creative vision will empower the house's future with spirit and sparkle," he praised. "Olivier Theyskens has a unique ability to immerse himself in a legacy and to revisit it in a contemporary verve. His fondness for asserted sensuousness and the flowing contrasts of materials and cuts naturally echo the style of Loris Azzaro and his emblematic muses. We are thrilled to welcome him to our house and to our historical workshops."

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