Yesterday the Diesel Black Gold runway show took place in a quite unusual venue: The Vanderbilt Hall inside the Grand Central Station in Midtown, NYC. As it turned out, this was not such a good idea, as there was absolutely not enough space to accommodate all the invited guests and even the press. I was among the unlucky ones who did not make it, so I have no personal view of what’s up with DBG’s spring and summer 14 collection.
But here is what DBG tells us:
“Strength and fragility meet to express a new duality. With a fearless attitude, the collection combines elements from opposing worlds, and it speaks a spring vocabulary approached with irreverence.
For Andreas Melbostad’s second season the collection evolves its iconic staples to include a new, courageous fragility: metal eyelets, discs, zippers, buckles and hardware accents introduce luxe industrial elements, for a range of pieces, from leather to georgette. Lighter, softer materials – silk crepe de chine, silk georgette, cotton poplin, cotton voile – are juxtaposed against the collection’s utilitarian core of leather and denim.
Denim is noble at Diesel Black Gold, constructed with Sangallo techniques – hand-finished with a contemporary couture appearance and feel.
The subversive use of pastels, white and black, adds further to the quixotic duality in the collection.
The pieces are worn with a relaxed ease and coolness. Leather lace-up and drawstring details combined with open buttons and zippers lend a free-spirit air and quality to the silhouettes.
” A new ease of attitude by combining opposing icons to express strength and fearlessness ” – says Andreas Melbostad.”