Olivier Theyskens named creative director 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. Theysk…

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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L’Oreal in talks to buy Mugler and Azzaro fragrance brands

L’Oreal executives are in talks to buy the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.On Tuesday, bosses from the French cosmetics giant announced they had entered into exclusive negotiations with leaders from Clarins with a view to acquiring both com…

L’Oreal executives are in talks to buy the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.

On Tuesday, bosses from the French cosmetics giant announced they had entered into exclusive negotiations with leaders from Clarins with a view to acquiring both companies.

“The perfume category is at the heart of our global strategy for growth at L’Oreal Luxe,” Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oreal Luxe, said in a statement. “In this context, we would be thrilled to welcome Mugler and Azzaro: these signatures, with a long history in fashion and olfaction, would perfectly complete our portfolio of brands.”

At present, the Clarins Group develops both the Mugler and Azzaro houses globally. The deal remains some time from completion, as the acquisition will be subject to consultation with employee representatives and the approval of the regulatory authorities, though Chapuy noted that it should be completed by the end of the year. L’Oreal did not disclose any financial details.

French fashion designer Thierry Mugler first approached Clarins about making a perfume in the early 1990s, with Angel launching in 1992.

The scent contains a combination of praline and chocolate mixed with a strong accord of patchouli and has since led to the creation of many other versions, while Mugler unveiled his second major fragrance, Alien, in 2005, and his third pillar scent, Aura, in 2017.

While late designer and perfumer Loris Azzaro, who founded his namesake company in 1967, is known for Azzaro pour Homme, which was launched in 1978 and designed to appeal for women.

Azzaro is also known for Chrome, a woody fragrance characterised by an aquatic freshness, and 2016’s Azzaro Wanted, a woody spicy hesperidia scent with captivatingly elegant lingering notes.

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