Diesel Black Gold
By Joanna Manganaro

RETURN OF THE MASTER OF EDGE New York: There has been a void in the New York fashion scene since Andreas Melbostad’s Phi label …

Dec 10, 2012
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Diesel Black Gold Pre-Fall 2013
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Diesel Black Gold Pre-Fall 2013

RETURN OF THE MASTER OF EDGE
New York: There has been a void in the New York fashion scene since Andreas Melbostad’s Phi label closed three years ago. Whom were the hard-edged, leather-loving fashionistas to turn to? Lucky for them, Melbostad was recently named creative director of Diesel’s Black Gold label, replacing Sophia Kokosalaki. The current Pre-Fall collection is his first offering, and Phi fans will be thrilled to see he has held onto his edgy aesthetic. There was plenty of leather and body-hugging pieces. Motorcycle culture was an inspiration, and laminated skinny jeans, biker jackets, and denim shirt jackets supported the theme. Melbostad broke up the palette of blacks and inky blues with a colorful Art Nouveau-inspired print borrowed from an Austrian wall painting. While the print was appealing, it’s likely that his clients will go straight for the skinny jeans and pieced jackets, which will fulfill their urge for Melbostad’s dark and directional style.–Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Body-hugging / A-line / Slouchy / Top heavy

Color: Black / Inky blue / Indigo / Khaki / White / Raspberry / Mid-tone blues / Mulberry / Fuchsia

Key Items: Skin-tight laminated jeans / Motorcycle jackets / Pieced coats / Printed A-line dresses

Materials: Laminated denim / Waxed denim / Faded denim / Dark, raw denim / Leather / Wool suitings / Printed silks / Nylon / Medium-gauge yarns

Print + Pattern: Art-Nouveau-inspired kaleidoscopic motif

Details + Trim: Piecing / Quilting / Zippers / Peaked shoulders / Hoods / Contrast plackets and/or trim

Accessories + Footwear: Chunky high-heeled ankle boots

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