May 26, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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For F/W 14, Turkish denim mill Orta teams up once again with L.A. denim specialists THVM for a creative collaboration that combines the latest denim trends with the most innovative technological fabric and finishing advances.
The F/W 14 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 progressive denim label THVM, who continue their creative partnership from last year’s show.
Known for their directional dye methods, THVM was tapped to rework Orta’s innovative denims using a various techniques that showcase the ultimate creative possibilities of the fabrics. Split into three stories, the collections were based around the key concepts: A strong sense of fashion, solid performance, and in-creased comfort. Each story was accompanied by a short film that brings to life each of the themes.
Inspired by the original workwear history of denim, this vintage-inspired story uses modern spinning and weaving techniques to reproduce authentic timeworn looks. The collection included a range of utility silhouettes like boiler suits, sailor pants, chore jackets and crisp work shirts. While the constructions played with original workwear weaves like chambray and slubby denims, the finishes nodded to the oil stained and heavily abraded looks associated with traditional railroad uniforms. Each of the garments were beautifully finished with unique details like union style buttons, braces and rusted pocket watch chains.
A core trend that has been evolving and has showed no signs of slowing over the past year, the indigo color-block story was explored through various yarn dye, over dye and coated techniques to showcase the dimension of the tone. Using both rigid and stretch fabrics, the designers interpreted a vivid contrast of deep blacks, dark blues with rich highlights and stark ecrus in paneled geometric effects.
A key fabric trend at this season’s show, this performance stretch story looked at both flexibility and high recovery in denim and ready-to-dye fabrics. Constructions were designed in a range of nine to twelve ounces with a variety of compositions such as cotton, lyocell, viscose, polyester or elastane. Giving the items an active touch, the THVM designers looked to ergonomic seaming using a kaleidoscopic range of paneled and patched digital laundries and raw indigos to create a graphic effect on super-slim silhouettes.
To view the full lookbook and read more, head over to Orta’s webpage where you can check out all the stories and watch the videos.
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