Adidas SLVR has added unique sophistication to the look and feel of sportswear since their launch in 2009. Creative director to the brand Dirk Schönberger, created a precise tailoring and highly functional outerwear this upcoming season. Using a refined color palette and clean shapes he didn’t miss the trend of asymmetrical trenches. Leather aviator jackets and sleek sweaters are options for both men and women. Adidas SLVR’s sophistication is casual and finds its true strength in the quality of the product. Young black hues, strong oatmeal tones, and pops of dirty mustard are found after the jump.
Tag : fall/winter 2012
John Galliano has gone gangster for Fall/Winter 2012 flaunting shadowy vibes straight from the realm of film noir.
Under the reign of new creative director, Bill Gaytten, the show opened with a striking patent leather trench marched down the runway by FORD model and Fiasco favorite, Francisco Lachowski. The collection lightens up from its depression-era stream of straight legged suits and opens up into a range that displays an ode to the “quirky aeronautic”. Shimmers of metallic accents accentuate looks fit for flight as the Galliano guy takes to the skies. A brief story contains some interesting standout pieces; notably, metallic jodhpurs, a leather sports jacket and some seriously bold footwear sporting emphatic metal plaques.
Gayten gets his kicks up above before returning to terra firma with a closing moment which seems to be influenced by speakeasies and the retro, smoky sex appeal of the Jazz Age. Sassy embellishments, lush velvets and tuxedo touches lend authenticity to last looks which give nothing but smoldering appeal in their confidence and gentle exuberance.
The scene was something akin to a bohemian studio. Dutch artists, Gijs Frieling and Job Wouters created freely along the gallery space that would serve as the backdrop for the latest Dries van Noten collection in Paris.
Fall/Winter 2012 opens with an explosion of color and a clear message told through gradiented text, playful proportions and a vibrant palette of color and print. This collection lends to suggest that menswear should be directed toward a less rigid, simplistic brand of elegance. Dries was clearly having a touch of fun here as he rendered a painterly reworking of the beatnik youth. A stream of looks showcasing DIY painting techniques and street art inspired graphics as prints were certainly optimistic if not entirely playful, exhibited in sharp suit à la Look 30.
The Dries man remains eclectic as ever in his sensibilities this season boasting a discreet eccentricity. Jackets and coordinates in vivid hues and busy prints were pared down against the occasional carrot legged trouser in cool grays and poignant blacks. As far as textiles are concerned, we find present the usual suspects of fine menswear suiting; wool, tweed and a poplin shown in contrast alongside webby knits, hairy textures and even a few pops of velvet. Accessories were silent yet strong save for a standout matching pair of crocodile loafers and a clutchfolio sporting a wild sienna racing stripe.
Always the closet romantic, van Noten plays it slick with a dollop of color here, a hint of volume there and lots of experimentation While the look was definitely groovy in its ease and vibrance, certain retro-naval distinctions will catch ones eye. Touches are subtle yet direct as whip-smart but easy going outerwear and interpretations of the suit take center stage for Fall/Winter 2012.