Yesterday the fashion set piled into Pier 57, a freezing cavernous space, to see the Diesel Black Gold collection. Once inside the runway section, space heaters warmed the crowd from above, while black lights illuminated the set, which consisted of white frames that the models stepped through. Before the show started there was a lot of chatting in Italian (remember Diesel’s CEO Renzo Rosso is a VIP Italian), and a lot of seat filling – so much so that when Diesel’s PR brought out the celebs (Tyler the Creator, Petra Nemcova) they had nowhere to sit. A lot of reshuffling ensued. Finally the clothes emerged form a smoky cloud, and they were great. Sophia Kokosalaki created pieces that will feel at home in all types of women’s wardrobes. There were some classic button downs, low slung, partially pleated skirts, and enough leather, shearling, and pony hair jackets to make you pray for cold temperatures. There was also an amazing leopard coat that I nearly jumped out of my seat and onto the runway to steal.
The overall aesthetic was good-girl-meets-bad-boy, with echoes of Vogue Italia’s "Shrink to Fit" editorial form 2010 or V’s "Back to School" editorial from this past summer. Not that we’re complaining. The quirky, sexy girl-cum-badass look is an American favorite, and with disheveled beehive ponytails the models looked just plain sexy. No wonder they all kept their hair and makeup intact after leaving the show. Everything from the Diesel Black Gold show, from the hair to the clothes, will translate immediately into real life.