And All That Jazz

New York…Diesel Black Gold

If you ever wondered what it would be like to re-live the last days of the Roaring ’20s to an orchestra-narrated, jazz version of Nirvana’s greatest hits, you should have seen Renzo Rosso’s F/W 09 collection for Diesel Black Gold, their runway-friendly assortment of more than just jeans. With show notes that said, “Diesel Black goes kind of blue,” editors and buyers knew they were probably in store for a depression-era buffet of workwear-inspired fashions. The line’s trademark distressing and washing effects were on show for most of the garments. A tonal, ombre suit had grey satin lapels and a floral adornment, perhaps reminding us to remain optimistic even in the most somber of times. A beige denim jumpsuit got the high/low effect when styled with a bowler hat, dress shirt and tie. Train conductor pants had a grosgrain side stripe and suspenders, worn with a lived-in henley shirt and boots. The “jazzy” leather pants in warm chocolate brown brought the collection back to the present and reminded us that Diesel can play on both sides of the runway, doing the staples for which they’re known, as well as trend-right fashion.


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