“Fear and Fun” was the overarching theme of Diesel Black Gold’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection (Diesel’s higher-end contemporary line). Entering Pier 57 by way of two small metal doors (I was simply following the ladies in front of me, hoping I was going to the right place) and walking into a darkly lit room with large security guards, I certainly was starting to feel fear. After checking in, there was a bit more walking – still dark – to get to the show. The large industrial space certainly fit Diesel’s design and lifestyle aesthetic.
At the beginning of the runway, there were several rectangular structures that looked like optical illusions (the fun part). Designer Sophia Kokosalaki, offered up playful pieces infused with the label’s rock-chic DNA. Leather jackets were cropped, cut asymmetrically, or had interesting silhouettes. Button-up collared shirts were worn either bearing the model’s midriff or half tucked behind a wide belt. Some pieces were so androgynous, it was hard to tell whether the model was male or female. Versatility at its best.
There were a variety of exotic skins and scales on display. Even leopard print got updated into an almost patent-like leather drop waist skirt and matching hoodie. A navy structured cropped tuxedo jacket was paired with black light-washed slouchy denims and sky-high stilettos. Graphic knits also made an appearance throughout the collection – perfect visual additions to looks that consisted of mostly dark, monochromatic color schemes.
Spotted at the front row: Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, Elle style director Kate Lanphear, Marie Claire fashion director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, as well as super bloggers Rumi Neely, Elin Kling, Bryan Yambao, Chiara Ferragni, Susie Bubble, and Leandra Medine.
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