Lisa Kulson has resigned as women’s creative director of Theory, a post she has held since February 2014, WWD has learned.Kulson joined Theory in 1997 as head designer and left in 2002 to create her own namesake line. She returned to Theory in 2012 as a consultant, and assumed her current role two years later. She took over responsibilities following the departure of Olivier Theyskens, who had been the brand’s artistic director.Theory said Kulson is leaving to pursue other creative projects.Known for her modern women’s collections, Kulson’s style has always reflected her love of travel and luxury, attention to details and technical skills.Andrew Rosen, Theory’s chief executive officer and founder, expressed his "sincere gratitude and respect to Lisa for her commitment to the company and its evolution into a leading force in the marketplace. She is a true talent, and has a great eye. Lisa and I have worked closely together for many years, and she will always be a part of the Theory family.”Rosen began working with Kulson when Theory launched its second collection. Asked to describe her aesthetic, he said she designs clothing with a modern sensibility. “She’s great with fits and fabrics and has a great eye stylistically. Her ability to fit the clothes has been her trademark,” he said. In recent seasons, Kulson added a new dimension, using color in a different way than Theory had before. For spring, for example, Kulson paired a burnt sienna jacket worn with a mint A-line mini and a mint suede coat paired with a maroon knit and blush pink shorts.“In thinking about my desire to move on, this seemed a good moment, coming upon the close of a year of positive momentum and growth,” said Kulson. “I thank Andrew and everyone at Theory for their support and confidence in me from the outset. The opportunity to create product with such integrity has been one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my career thus far. I will always have a deep affection for the brand."Born in Michigan, Kulson studied business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She cut her teeth at Fenn Wright Manson, where she was design director for private-label accounts such as The Limited and Express, before joining Theory.Despite the challenging retail environment, Rosen called Theory’s business “very good.”“I’m very happy with where we are,” he said, noting noted that Kulson’s successor hasn’t been named yet.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.