Timeworn yet timeless best encompasses Sophia Kokosalaki‘s collection for Diesel Black Gold this season. Set inside of the massive Pier 94, a maze of folding chairs whose occupants included Chace Crawford, Vanessa Hudgens, and Wyclef Jean, filled only a small portion of the stark concrete space.
The pieces were meant to look as if they had come to life out of a sepia photograph, and indeed the maroons, olive greens, navys, and neutrals all had a tinge of rust coloring to them.
There were references to 18th and 19th century fashions, including Victorian style booties, silk blouses buttoned to the neck, corset bustiers, and brocade prints, but snakeskin and leather pants (both skinny and flaired) and dresses, and military inspired blazers for men, gave the collection a breath of fresh air. Nothing was overtly trendy, but nothing was passé either.
We were especially feeling the fur layered under a mens wool coat. This look proved that guys can wear fur and still keep their masculinity in tact. As for the girls, although we don’t know if we could pull it off, a black snakeskin halter top paired with leather flairs was in a word, fierce. The loose-fitting maroon sweater that topped off an oxford shirt and snakeskin skirt might be more our style.
**All Photos: IMAXTREE