Tim Coppens S/S17: Futuristic utility
By Jian DeLeon

Can Tim Coppens give Under Armour the same tinge of subcultural cool enjoyed by sportswear labels like Nike? His latest collection hints at the answer

Jul 13, 2016

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Tim Coppens spring 2017 catwalk in New York

New York: Tim Coppens’ recent appointment as executive creative director of the upcoming UAS (Under Armour Sportswear) premium line loomed over his Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which built on the designer’s penchant for pared-down sportiness with a futuristic utility appeal.


Cropped trousers were styled with high-neck track jackets with silver stripes running down the arm, while a taped seam bomber jacket with an all-over print featuring planes, waves, and fair-isle like patterns harkened back to vintage souvenir jackets with a modern tech appeal. Under Armour’s basics provided a baselayer for certain looks, with the brand’s logo clearly visible under louchely tucked button down shirts and piped grid pattern jackets with snap buttons, sort of like a fusion between a coaches jacket and a three-button sportcoat.

The Belgian designer said these particular use cases were inspired by German club kids, who wear moisture-wicking layers underneath their clothes as they dance the night away. Time will tell if the interlocked U and A symbol can achieve the same amount of fashionable brand equity as the swoosh or trefoil. — Jian DeLeon

Theme: European club kids, Japan, and skaters

Key Items: Panelled Track Pants, Contrast Pocket Trench Coat, Panelled Trench Coat, Belted Piped Shorts, High-Neck Track Jacket, Cropped Trousers, Printed Bomber Jacket, Technical Anorak

Colour: Black, White, Red, Navy, Tan, Orange, Silver, Charcoal Gray

Materials and Trims: Cotton, Nylon, Technical Fabrics, Contrast Piping, Straps, Metallic Panels, O-Ring Zippers, Taped Seams, Loose Ties, Grommets

Print and Pattern: Microchecks, Horizontal Stripes, Grid Checks, Souvenir Jacket-Inspired Prints

Accessories and Footwear: Long Belts, White Trainers, Slide Sandals with Socks


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