A return to the origins of denim. For spring, creative director Andreas Melbostad got inspired by the black and white images shot between 1950 and 1951by Irving Penn and collected in his “Small Trades” book. The American photographer travelled across London, Paris and New York to lens a variety of people, – from a butcher, a fishmonger to a workman and a chimney sweep, – dressed in their work clothes.
In keeping with Diesel Black Gold’s attitude rooted in an utilitarian, urban aesthetic, workwear influences were re-worked to be integrated in a new urban uniform. The collection’s masculine attitude is tempered by the color palette, which, along with signature black, indigo and white, includes pale blue, pink, and khaki.
Rediscovering its roots linked to work apparel, denim takes center stage in the lineup. Striped blue and white jean is crafted for a front pocket jacket and matching baggy pants – the season’s signature silhouette, – featuring straps and functional pockets, enhancing the utilitarian feel of a graphic cotton shirt.
Iconic hardware adds a thought touch to long denim pants with a crushed effect. These are paired with a range of shirts, such as the new kimono style, crafted from leather or cotton, as well as the chef uniform shirt and the iconic-pocketed workwear versions.
Introducing a subtle sporty hint, nylon is used for relaxed trousers and short pants, a hybrid t-shirt, and quilted utility shirts and jackets.
The new tailoring includes looks with cropped, fitted jackets paired with low-slug pants worn over Diesel Black Gold jersey briefs.
Exalting the utilitarian, functional spirit of the collection, footwear includes canvas sneakers, combat boots, and utility sandals.