The uniforms of Japanese ninjas served as inspiration for Diesel Black Gold creative director Andreas Melbostad, who reworked iconic Diesel Black Gold staples with new shapes and proportions infused with an urban combat mood. The mysterious, enigmatic attitude of Far East’ covert agents and mercenaries informed the look influenced by the intriguing Japanese martial arts.
Kimonos, with their iconic belts and wrapped silhouettes, strongly echo in many of the pieces, such as nylon bombers, leather and denim tunics, as well as hybrids of leather biker jackets and coats. The ninja inspiration continues in the range of cropped pants. Tie belts and applied pockets give a functional aspect to their look. Robe belts wrap the waist, while sartorial blazers show ninja snap closures.
Diesel Black Gold’s signature industrial attitude is celebrated with the oversized parkas with exaggerated hoodies. Leather jackets are embellished with Japanese monograms. The ninja-inspired look also informs the women’s capsule collection, which is launched on the men’s fall catwalk. The focus is on the hips with tie-belts cinching a leather dress, as well as a tunic crafted from denim with quilted nylon inserts.
The feminine attitude of short plissé pinafore dresses is empowered through the insertion of industrial metallic hardware, layered onto printed shirts. Silhouette is inspired by the kimono design. Japan’s denim tradition meet the brand’s upscale skills in the jeans, which feature a mix and match of fabrics, such as quilted nylon, as well as embroideries of Japanese monograms and symbols.
Ninja boots and biker boots complete both the men’s and women’s outfits. The contemporary, dynamic collections offer a dynamic, urban take on the ninja look with a captivating blend of Western and Eastern references.
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