Italian premium denim label, Cycle, presents their AW11 womens collection entitled, ‘The Great British Tour’. The collection is inspired by all that is quintessentially British – afternoon tea, punk rock and the iconic music festivals, from Glastonbury to the Isle of Wight. With that in mind, Cycle has created three themes to take you on the Great British Tour this season: TEA TIME, ROYAL PUNK, and CAMPING CONCERT.
ROYAL PUNK is a mix of black and metallic pieces highlighted with spots of coral red and white make up. Metallic knits and outerwear enriched with chains, studs, mirrors and crystals reflect the rebellious youth epitomising the punk movement. Pants are super skinny with a galvanised effect, in black, acid wash blues and coral red.
And then there’s ‘festival cool’, the inspiration for CAMPING CONCERT. Brown, burgundy and camel tones make up the colour palette, replicating “mud” and are accentuated by royal blue and berry red. Highlights include boyfriend fit 5 pocket jeans, Navajo print capes with leather detailing and fur – recurring in waistcoats, jackets and hats – all must haves for festival chic.
TEA TIME features a palette of warm tones, mostly burgundy and camel, gently mixed with powder pink. Outerwear is mostly perfectly tailored with slim fits and silhouettes, while suede elbow patches underline an overall Victorian taste. Knitwear showcases checkered pattern wools and cashmere. Oversized t-shirts, silk dresses and blouses, and chinos complete the look, accesorised by pearls and beads applications to give a modern take on the British classics. You can check out the gallery below to see the looks from the brand.
Protocycle is the denim capsule collection by Cycle, the Italian premium denim label known for its tradition, know-how and research background. Protocycle is a clear hint at prototypes; the denims are designed as one-of-a-kind items made using the best Japanese and Italian fabrics, exemplifying the ideal combination of pure craftsmanship and avant-garde processes.
Following a successful SS11 launch, the Protocycle collection for FW11 offers new combinations of fits and denims over a range of weights, washes, treatments and finishing where every single item is customised to the very last detail. Artisan at heart, and tailored to perfection, the collection is typified by distressed denim with an underlining effortless luxury. Fit models have been revisited in stretch fabrics and silhouettes, with high-waist cuts for women.
Even the packaging, like the Protocycle denims, has been treated with craftsmanship and attention to detail. Made from parchment paper with a wash-colour treatment specially created for the collection; its refined ‘stained’ effect is the result of a meticulous manual process where every layer of color is applied by hand, sheet after sheet; following which the paper is manually creased to enhance the distressed, retro look. All metal hardware, buttons and studs, are made of oxidized or silver plated iron combined with aged leather detailing. What do you think of the capsule collection? The gallery features 2 cuts for men, one for women and a packaging photo.
Joe Jonas was caught leaving his hotel at Trump Towers in New York. He wore a light washed Cycle denim shirt with black trousers. This has to be my favorite Joe look of all time. Everything just fits him very well. I love that shirt. It is just the perfect wash that will go with any pair of jeans whether it be a black or blue wash.
Joe is another celebrity that we would spot many times, but seems to be very quiet lately during his promotional duties. I wonder if he will still get the title of Denim Guy this year He seemed to be the front-runner for quite some time for a majority of the year so far. You can click here to read Lorna’s review on a pair of Cycle jeans.
This weeks review is on a pair of Cycle low rise straight leg jeans. I got sent these jeans a long time ago from the brand and I wasn’t so sure on them at first but I have decided I like them.
The inseam on these is super long and even with my highest heels it is still quite bunchy as you can see. I would definitely need to hem these for my lower heels because they do drag along the floor unfortunately. The rise feels like it is around 6.5″ , it’s very low. I used to wear rises this low all the time but I do prefer them a little higher now, around 7″ is good for me. I don’t mind them being this low though, it does make a change, it just limits what you can wear them with a bit I think, low rises can definitely be very flattering though and I find this pair just like that.
Cycle is an Italian brand that does make some amazing clothes! I have posted their look books before and I fell in love with so many washes and pieces from their collections. Especially the lighter denim shades they had on offer. I wasn’t too familiar with this wash before I got it in the mail. I do find it quite nice from the front but I am not loving the faded areas on the back of the thighs, to me it gives the illusion that my thighs are a lot larger than they normally are. They have small areas of distressing on them though which I am quite fond of, it makes a change to the normal big rips that we see on jeans.
The back pockets on these are definitely quite flattering, they are in a good position and fit nicely on the butt. I love the little Cycle logo on the right pocket as well, it makes them different. The jeans do run pretty true to size for an Italian brand. I find Italian jeans tend to run a little smaller than the brands that come from LA and other places. I’m a 28 in these and they are a good fit. I definitely couldn’t fit a 27 like I normally can in other brands.
Cycle jeans are not that easy to get hold of unless you are in Italy but Yoox do have the past season jeans available to buy. You can purchase them by clicking here. I would definitely like to try more jeans from the brand, perhaps a skinny fit. This is my first straight leg review though, that I have posted, I do wear straight leg jeans quite often, I used to wear Diesel Lowky jeans all the time. I find straight legs to be a much more flattering fit on me than bootcut jeans.