Diesel Black Gold gender blurs Fall 2012

They promised that “fear would be fun” at Diesel Black Gold’s fall 2012 showing at New York fashion week (NYFW), and the runway’s locale certainly proved that to be the case. Held at Pier 57 on the Hudson River, it wasn’t so much a case of taking your seat along the catwalk as it was navigating the massive expanse of a pitch black and ice cold warehouse until you finally found just where the catwalk would be held. The fear just about stopped there, however. Instead what reigned supreme was a collection with pulp fiction motifs and androgynous appeal.


Or at least a non-girly one; you’d be hard pressed to describe anything in Diesel Black Gold’s fall 2012 collection as overtly girl. Intended for the fairer sex? Yes. Able to be made to look sexy with the right attitude? Yes. Girly? No.

The lack of cliche femininity makes the Diesel Black Gold collection all the more interesting when you work to pick out how the motifs that will shape fall / winter 2012 have been woven through it. Take the collection’s use of pleats. At times too basic to warrant mention, where they truly stand out on the Diesel runway is when the pleats are used as an accent to a piece – a pair of mohair shorts with contrast pleating springs to mind. Here the pleats aren’t so much a part of the shorts but an accessory, the pleats hanging from the waist just as a jumper did from the waists of all cool kids back in the 90s. And therein lies an often denied truth: a season’s fashion trends oft have universal application, no matter what the aesthetic.

You can see all of the Diesel Black Gold autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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