Don’t call it a nineties comeback unless grunge is a strong reference. Diesel Black Gold looks to the favorable style era to inform its spring-summer 2018 men’s collection. The label’s creative director, Andres Melbostad seamlessly marries a contemporary spin on grunge with core brand signatures. The lineup begins with the juxtaposition of a dark color palette with splashes of aqua. A modern streetwear attitude connects Diesel Black Gold’s leather jackets and relaxed coats with plaid shirts. Meanwhile, leggings and shorts emerge as partners in crime for an athletic feel.
Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2018 Men’s Collection
Creative Director Andres Melbostad mixed a strong urban aesthetic with athletic references to convey a new “Techno-Grunge” attitude. This informs both the women’s and men’s collections, which reflect the line’s signature utilitarian spirit elevated this season to street cool.
Multiple layers define the silhouettes, which are mainly lean and elongated in the women’s range, while proportions are exaggerated in the men’s lineup.
Watery tones of aqua, mint and turquoise inject a fresh, breezy feel into the collections, where contrast stitching and drawstrings introduce accents of color.
Core men’s staples are re-proportioned and abstracted. Plaid shirts in aqua tones are cut extra-long and are matched with shorts layered over leggings for an athletic-inspired look.
A parka and a hoodie are combined in leather short-sleeved hybrid jackets, while an elongated anorak crafted from a shirting fabric is layered under a cropped cotton bomber.
The sharp cut of a collarless coat is exalted by the constructed big shoulders and sartorial blazers are worn with sporty tops. Pants, crafted from lightweight nylon and denim, are cut extra baggy or super fitted. Their colored contrasting stitches echo surf wetsuits.
Accessories include women’s laced-up suede flat sandals, as well as men’s shoes with chunky soles and hiking boots, all injected with an urban-combat mood.