All the chaos and 45 minute late start aside, the mayhem was wholly worth the wait. Once inside, Daisy Lowe and Leigh Lezark were getting all the photographers’ attention, while I was mesmerized by the runway backdrop, which matched Diesel’s invitation and had what looked like mirrored ice cubes/geometric shapes going in all directions. As for the collection, there was little doubt that it was going to be the best Black Gold collection since Diesel debut the line back in February 2008, since Sophia Kokosalaki was just appointed creative director.
Kokosalaki was able to keep the sporty-rocker essence of the brand, but infuse her own clean silhouettes and Grecian touches (seen mostly via the accessories: studded belts and shoes). The designer is, of course, very well known for her ability to work with leather, so it was fitting that some of the best pieces were her tailored leather jackets, pants, vests and mini-dresses. The only items the designer could have done without are the shorts (it is a Fall/Winter collection, after all), and two looks that were covered, for some odd reason, with a sheer black fabric.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.