AP Fashion Writer, New York
Diesel is mostly about denim–straight legs, skinny legs, dresses and shorts. The reason for a show at the Bryant Park tents is to preview everything else.
Diesel’s spring collection for its Black Gold label, shown on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Monday, also included solider-style jackets with shimmery silver epaulets, sweatshirt-material genie pants, draped tank dresses and a bright aqua leather jacket. There were even dressy styles that were modeled after a men’s tuxedo–a blousoned shirtdress with a beaded tuxedo-shirt front was among the best.
Interesting touches included many exposed zippers and denim sandals. (Diesel also was debuting its accessories collection.)
For men, jeans told almost the whole story, but they were jazzed up in highly stylized outfits accessorized with cumberbunds, equestrian hats and a feather vest.
Creative director Wilbert Das wrote in his notes that he was influenced by 19th century poets, punk rebels of the 1970s and many others in between.
"History has been used as a palette, imagining clothing handed down for generations, picking up influences from each decade while retaining the imprint of the past," he said.
Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.