New York: British-born cousins Ben and Lee Copperwheat have been designing their own collection for three seasons, and while it has not received the amount of press as its more-established counterparts, editors and retailers are starting to take notice. One designer’s background in tailoring and the other’s experience working at Calvin Klein, Stephen Burrows and Sue Stemp resulted in an experimental collection full of contrasts. Pixelated prints in black, white and fluorescents were often paired with almost-classic plaid suitings cut into untraditional shapes. Silhouettes like dropped crotch pants with tapered ankles and super-cropped jackets with slightly boxy fits were on par with many of this season’s most directional offerings. Befitting a character in a futuristic William Gibson novel, combat boots finished off this ultra-contemporary look.

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