Diesel Black Gold is consistently held offsite of the Lincoln Center Tents at an industrial pier off the West Side Highway. This might sound irrelevant for those of you who don’t have to make the trek but if you could see it inside, you’d understand why the choice of venue is perfect for the venue. It sort of looks like an airplane hangar with exposed beams and extremely high ceilings, the perfect industrial background to punctuate the edge of the collections.
This season, designer Sophie Kokosalaki announced via the program that “it is time to reflect” and the models walked out through a vaulted curtain of dangling mirrors to a rock and roll beat that set the stage. Kokosalaki has managed to do something with this collection that I wasn’t sure could be done – mix ultra-preppy, Ivy League wardrobe items with rock and roll metallics and leather. It was kind of like the fashion equivalent of a mullet: business up top, party down below…and for me, it worked.
Kokosalaki is known for inventive techniques and this season she turned a photograph of a Hershey’s Kiss wrapper into a print, created a collage of broken mirror-esque reflective leather on a dress and mimicked athletic wear ventilation by perforating a suede top. A pair of reflective skinny pants with a drawstring flare at the ankle were to die for and ladies, the boyfriend jeans were amazing – perfectly baby blue with a silver sheen when the light hits them just right.
A cool pink blazer, asymmetrical dresses with emerging metallic minis and other reflective separates will also make my wardrobe cut this coming season.
Oh, and the metallic forest green jacket and I will have a moment, trust me.
A mixture between Dead Poets Society and The Dead Kennedys might sound a bit shocking but I assure you, it works on a multitude of levels. Check out the photos and then consider adding a little prep rock from Diesel Black Gold into your wardrobe this spring. After all, why should all the prepsters and rock stars have all the fun?