Clothing lines don’t normal anchor their spring/summer collections in dark, dystopian palettes–black navy and indigo are oft-chucked for brighter, sunnier hues–but Diesel Black Gold has flipped the norm for its 2013 collection. The results? Even if the styling isn’t conducive to NYC humidity (um, have you felt it lately?), we’re loving their use of graphic stripes and small but intense flashes of color amongst rich suedes and leathers. It’s purely steampunky and futuristic. In fact, the results look drop dead sexy–just take extra care not to drop dead in 100-degree weather.
For New York Fashion Week, we pulled together seven fashion brands that drove denim to new levels and offered inspiration on what should be made in denim. We were so in love with some pieces that were not quite denim, that we threw those photos in for your ogling. We think you’ll forgive us.
Band of Outsiders—We’ve known for a while that the fashion houses have been fixated on Great Depression and Dustbowl era fashion, and there’s still a bit of this here, but with a mix of glam and luxury fabrics (we count suede and fur collars), there’s a sense that the sun-kissed models in workwear-inspired denim jumpsuits and white-collar attire, offers hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Images via Style.com.
Diesel Black Gold—From red to blue denim, not only has Diesel gone gaga over color, they’ve gone Jackson Pollock with their side-tie pants and cropped jeans. With a definite homage to an 80′s fashion trend, the paint splashes and printed jeans serve as a contradiction to their progressive leatherwear. We couldn’t escape the sense of a Mad Max meets Highlander effect when everything was pulled together. Images via Style.com.
Gilded Age—Stefan Miljanic brings motorcycle culture to the stage for fall, except with more refined touches in layering pieces and clean lines, even in their colored and gray jeans. Images via GQ online.
Nicholas K—Designers Nicholas and Christopher Kunz have made her collection all about draping and furthering the Depression era vibe utilizing desert hues: models wore flapper wigs and Silent Film cosmetic work; Western touches were seen throughout. Hints of denim made its way in, including a hooded denim shirt and an homage to the denim jacket. Images via
—Who knew she was also an apparel designer? Known largely for her handbags, long-time followers have looked forward to her return to clothing design, her first passion. We think her bright legging pants may as well segue into
. Her apparel debut at New York Fashion Week featuring an opening performance by
, made a big splash. Images via
Denim Therapy has been so busy pounding the trade show floors that we barely had time to sleep. However, we couldn’t not talk about New York Fashion Week before we moved onto the next shows! Denim has gone glam in the form of metallic jeans for Spring 2012 (Diesel Black Gold), and there is a return to and continuation of patchwork and panel denim motifs (Charlotte Ronson and D&G). Although there were several other brands which had denim represented in their collections, we only chose to feature a few designer labels which we feel really worked with and integrated denim into their collections in a deeper sense. Which denim trend do you think will make a big splash come spring?
Diesel Black Gold Spring-Summer 2012: metallic jeans in reflective foil, reptilian and shimmery abalone-green hues offered lustre and texture to denim. The brand continues to redefine itself as not just a brand about blue jeans. More Diesel Black Gold online at Style.com.
Theyskens’ Theory Spring-Summer 2012: Olivier Theyskens still loves black and white, but he has thrown in vibrant acid-washed jeans and high-waisted, drop-crotch denim with drop-waist belt loops, creating an illusion of a low waist. Will this be the game changer? More Theyskens’ Theory online at Style.com.
: Patchwork denim, denim and chambray panels, and denim pieced together with silk in muted and faded washes, shows Ronson’s desire to keep the fun, flirty and feminine in a woman’s everyday wardrobe. We loved that Ronson used denim as both the main ingredient and the accent fabric in this collection. More
Welcome to your afternoon dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!
1. The biggest news in the industry today? Justin Bieber wears women’s jeans. We don’t blame him, really. More colors, more cuts, more sex appeal!
2. And now for some actual news. Earnest Sewn has hired their original designer, Benjamin Talley Smith as their new Creative Director! A man with serious experience, he’s consulted for brands like Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Evisu and 3×1. Good things on the horizon!
3. Eat Sleep Denim interviewed one of our favorite bloggers, A Sequined Dress At Breakfast, about her denim habits.
4. Atrium’s Sam Ben-Avraham‘s sentiments about denim reflect our own: “Denim is a fabric that has soul. It gets better with time, and it’s a reflection of you. Everything in your closet comes and goes, but the same jeans stay for 10 years.” (Source)
5. Go behind the scenes of Diesel Black Gold and find out what kind of madness was happening before the metallic denim looks hit the runway.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: benjamin talley smith, Diesel Black Gold, Earnest Sewn, justin beiber, metallic denim, Sam Ben-Avraham, women's jeans
Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!
1. NYLON Magazine posted up the winners of their best dressed denim competition. Check out the winners and get some outfit inspiration.
2. The Diesel Black Gold Fall 2011 collection is now online & up for grabs. We love the drop-crotch light wash jeans!
3. 7 For All Mankind is launching a live chat session called “Denim Fit Forum” on September 8th from 10AM – 12PM PST. It gives you the chance to chat with 7FAM designer Jen Garcia on their facebook page and ask any questions about fit or style you might have. It’ll continue for all of September, so get your Q’s ready!
4. Check out the latest Naked & Famous Herringbone raw denim jeans, with red contrast selvedge, reviewed by Rawr Denim.
5. Heads up, LA! William Rast is having a warehouse sale this Friday, and you’re invited. Up to 80% off, so you have no excuse not to drop by!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: 7 for All Mankind, denim contest, Diesel Black Gold, Fall 2011, Naked & Famous, nylon magazine, William Rast
Diesel Black Gold held its Spring-Summer 2012 menswear presentation last Sunday in Milan at the Diesel Penthouse, and now we get to see what men can look for: this collection is a continuation of the traveler theme; the nomad’s quest takes him to the sea for the season, as exhibited in navy and marine motifs, laser-etched into garments.
The slightly tattered and deliberately mended look speaks to the nomad man’s exposure to the elements. Unlike Diesel Black Gold’s Fall-Winter 2011 more tailored collection, which is very 1970s-inspired (complete with wool-collared jackets, bell bottoms and a mix of native influences), we see more function than glamour in SS2012. See more at Diesel Black Gold online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Diesel, Diesel Black Gold, men's jeans, mens denim, menswear
Good news for those with a bit more budget to drop on spring & summer wardrobe. The Diesel Black Gold collection has just released new men’s and women’s looks on their e-shop, from jeans to shoes, tops, and accessories. Stock up on killer seperates like the flax button-up top and dark wash jeans for guys, and for the ladies, the tie-dye denim shorts and cotton plaid jumpsuit. The look is fresh and urban (a Diesel standard), but probably not something you’ll be wearing to Diesel Island…
Click through to shop the Diesel Black/Gold SS’11 new arrivals.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: buy diesel online, buy jeans online, Diesel Black Gold, diesel island, new arrivals, Spring Summer 2011
It seems that Diesel Black Gold may be forecasting a rather cold spring and summer season. From leather blazers and pants, bomber jackets, bundled up scarves, and layered knits in a typically fall palette of cognacs, caramels, dusty tans and grays; the only thing really keeping this collection from screaming fall are the strappy leather sandals and thigh-high shorts. By the way, did I mention there was no swimwear in sight?
Photo: Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com via Style.com.
Now, I have to admit that the collection as a whole is a breathe of fresh air for the brand, and it definitely is a more sophisticated route. However, creative director Sophia Kokosalaki might as well have gotten rid of the ‘Diesel’ in Diesel Black Gold.
From the time Diesel was founded in the late 70s, through its successful crossover into the high-end category in the 90s, to present day, the emphasis of the brand has always been denim based with great distressed detailing. Flash-forward into S/S 2011 and shades of dark, dusty colors have displaced indigo blues, and the usual frayed edges and signature deconstructed look are subbed with fades and a more worn in look. As for men, the silhouette is slimmer than ever.
Photo: Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com via Style.com.
Of course fashion is always about looking forward and it’s ever-changing, and in fact since the beginning, Diesel turned their backs on the style-dictators and consumer forecasters of the fashion establishment and let their own tastes lead them. So, in reality such a radical departure–even though we love their denim–shouldn’t come as a shock.
So, even with fall just kicking off, are you ready to fall into spring and summer?
– Sandoval Gomez
Tags: Diesel Black Gold, S/S 2011, Sophia Kokosalaki
Waiting in the cold, under a jam packed open tent, I was waiting with fellow Fashion Week spectators to enter the Diesel Black Gold Fall/Winter 2010 runway show. The crowd roared with laughter when a huge chunk of snow dropped on top of the unfortunate fashionistas that didn’t make it under the tent, but that was a small price to pay for fans of Diesel Black Gold who were anxious to see what Sophia Kokosalaki, the new creative director, had in store for her first DBG collection.
What came down the runway was an offbeat rocker look in a color palette of predominantly black, white and grays. The collection consisted of a lot of leather pants, tops, moto-jackets, body-con dresses and mini-skirts, faded denim jeans, shirts, vests, even overalls, and thrown in for good measure were a few velvet pieces that didn’t really gel with the rest of the collection. A bit less glitzy in comparison to past Diesel Black Gold collections, but a noble effort. It didn’t quite hit the mark for me, which is a surprise as a fan of Kokosalaki, but perhaps the second collection will be the clincher. On a more positive note, some of the pieces will work effortlessly with your denim wardrobe such as the denim skirts and distressed faded patchwork jeans.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
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From WWD ISSUE 06/17/2009
MILAN ??” Sophia Kokosalaki is facing change.
The London-based designer will take on a lead design role in the development of Diesel??™s high-end contemporary line, Black Gold. Her title and start season will be determined shortly.
???[Kokosalaki??™s] talent is incredible. Her taste in high-end fashion is already known, but what people do not necessarily expect from her is her skill in dealing with denim and contemporary casual, the core of Diesel Black Gold. I hope this experience will give her the possibility to further affirm her place in today??™s international fashion scenario,??? said Renzo Rosso, chairman of Diesel and its holding company, Only the Brave.
At the same time, the Greek designer has acquired her namesake company from Only the Brave for an undisclosed sum.
Kokosalaki, who nearly always wears black and denim, launched her signature collection in 1999 and sold the company to Only the Brave two years ago. Under Rosso, she expanded it to include accessories and costume jewelry.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Diesel Black Gold, Sophia Kokosalaki