May 17, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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For Fall/Winter 2015-16, Turkish denim mill Orta expands upon its partnership with British vintage emporium The Vintage Showroom for a creative collaboration that combines the latest denim trends with the most innovative technological fabric and finishing advances.
The F/W 15-16 edition of Denim by Premiere Vision delivered yet another inspirational selection of innovative denim projects. One of the most exciting collaborations came from leading denim providers Orta and vintage menswear specialist The Vintage Showroom. While The Vintage Showroom co-founders Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett seasonally consult for the mill, this was the first project where they were given creative control of a collection. The result is stunning two story range that brings together original antique clothing from The Vintage Showroom’s collection with Orta’s advanced fabrics and finishing techniques.
This collection captures the golden age of aviation in the 1920s and ’30s, and the spirit, elegance and romance of the first female pilots that took to the skies. The courage and style of heroines such as Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson became Orta’s inspiration. The story uses the shades of glaciers of the Arctic Ocean to inspire the stunning palette of ecru stone wash finishes, dirty off-whites and pale grey.
From Marlon Brando to James Dean, Ginsberg to Kerouac, the rebellious spirit of 1950s biker gangs inspires Orta’s second story for the season. As Orta states in its lookbook, “The legacy of the rebellious youth is still very much with us everywhere today from classic cars to motorcycles, basket houses to dive bars”. In the story, Orta showcases their knack for heritage fabrics, creating narrow loom constructions with vintage character to the weaves of the era. The biker theme continues through iconic ’50s hotrod and motorcycle silhouettes like biker jackets, blousons and classic straight-fit 501-inspired pants in a range of rich red-cast shades and All-American blues.
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