I will admit that the Pierre Balmain line had me unenthusiastic since its inaugural collection, personally. It wasn’t the pieces themselves, but more of the way they were presented and styled that I felt wasn’t up to par of the brand itself and more of Balmain. To keep the explanation short and simple, it is the Cara Delevingne to sister Poppy Delevingne in my mind. Two completely different takes on fashion, but with intertwining pieces.
This season was a full 180 from what was. It is back to what I love about the brand that stood out, like the ’90s silhouettes and punk aesthetic. Everything from the suede jackets to the sequined tank dress to the leather pants and more, felt tough again and nonchalant. To say the least, I am a fan again. You can see the new collection below.
For the new Resort collection by Helmut Lang, designers Michael and Nicole Colovos went for designs that were more commercial and sportswear. Though more commercial than usual, the line still featured the strong tailoring and clean lines that is known by the brand.
The collection featured looks that were heavy on leather, which has become a go-to material that is freshened up each season by the Colovos. Everything from jackets to skirts to even sweaters were made of the material. Along with the leather, there are classic suits and dresses with lines that give a sculpting illusion. You can see all of the looks below.
The Diesel Black Gold menswear Spring/Summer 2014 show walked yesterday in Milan during Milan Fashion Week. The stylist for the show was Robbie Spencer, while hair and make up was done by Matt Mulhall. Below is some information on the collection and in the gallery you can see all of the looks from the runway, plus two photos of celebs in attendance; Jamie Campbell Bower and Stephan Dorff, posing with Renzo Rosso.
It’s silent war between nature and technology. Two clashing worlds, an historical duality: a never ending crusade. A furious nature is getting ready for the battle: iconic pieces such as motorcycle jackets, parka, bombers, used to fight the futuristic antagonist. Botanical elements and flowery jacquards are dominating: genetic surprises, mechanical plants, the environment is becoming wilder and unpredictable.
Technology fights back with juxtaposed fabrics and innovative finishing touches. Military style and work wear evolve into tailored suits, enriched by technical materials and geometries. Black and white are the key of the collection’s color card, together with navy, indigo blue and ice grey. The two worlds finally collide into denim, through new textures & finishes, identifying the Diesel Black Gold DNA: from all over indigo tuxedo jackets and biker pants to the more traditional 5-pockets.
Diesel Black Gold walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2013 and the theme behind their collection was: The need for speed, the open road and the ambiance of a classic gas station. I have included 9 images in the gallery below, featuring 5 of their key looks and 4 of my favourites, as well as some information from the press release. I found the collection was quite consistent in colour, every look was black and white. What do you think of the Fall 2013 styles?
Diesel Black Gold gets its motor running as the thrill of speed and the clothing and architecture of gas stations fire up the imagination of new womenswear creative director Andreas Melbostad. Iconic motoring, biker, denim and tailored garments have been fused to create new hybrid designs.
With velocity as a core theme, the clothes are tailored closely to create an aerodynamic and anatomical silhouette. Diesel Black Gold’s irreverence and rock chic run through pieces whose streamlined lines suggest craftsmanship, textures research and finishes.
A leather and waxed cotton hybrid motor jacket and coat, drawing inspiration from iconic motoring garments and collaging them together. Structured shoulders, lean fit, belted and pocketed, with zipper, buckle and snap closures. The leather sleeves and shoulder have quilted details with leather, used to bind, trim and finish the garment.
Engineered biker pants are lean and fitted, anatomically seamed to sculpt and articulate movement. Multiple fabrications, combinations and finishes: raw or treated denim, wool flannel, leather and waxed cotton.
A tailored hybrid jacket cuts denim and leather into wool. Lean shape with leather biker shoulder and sleeves and quilted zipper and snap details. The torso is pocketed and stitched in raw denim merged with grey wool mélange flannel.
The tailored racer jacket in military green wool is coated with a black leather finish. An essential jeans jacket juxtaposed with the sophistication of black corded lace. Leather biker dress encrusted with metal studs.
‘’I want to capture a variety of materials and designs within one singular look’’, says Andreas Melbostad. ‘’Above all, I want to create a collection for the strong, confident and sexy new Diesel Black Gold woman.”
Images courtesy of Diesel.
Written by Lorna Burford