(capsule) A/W 2012 - First Look: Part Four

January 13, 2012 BY CAPSULESNEWS


Whether by using fabrics with luxury appeal or through construction techniques and detailing, Billy Reid sought to elevate his collection for A/W 2012. Having spent the last few month in Europe, the designer fell in love with the idea of combining a European influence of timeless chic with the brand's own New York-meets-Southern roots aesthetic.



For Autumn/ Winter 2012, CLAE explores a wide variety of quality and innovative materials with dynamic textures. From water-repellent technical fabrics to textured waxed canvases, soft wools to smooth durable pull up leathers, this season is about touch and feel, revealing the brand's subtle yet unique interpretations of what they love and appreciate. This season, the brand is offering three new styles including the Gilberto, the Richards and the Hamilton along with two VIBRAM sole styles, the Romare Hi and the Strayhorn.



RAEN Optics kicks off their 2012 Through The Eyes campaign to make sure YOU see their new, hand-crafted collection in full focus. In just three short years, the label has established itself as an aspirational and innovative competitor in the optics world with their design-driven frames and hand-tooled production. Using the finest, Mazzucchelli Zyl Acetate for the body and Optics by Carl Zeis for the lenses, RAEN presents a collection of modern-classics, matte finishes and unique hues all of course, handmade and heartfelt.



Muttonhead is a sportswear brand designed and ethically manufactured in Toronto, Canada. The Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection was created for individuals who understand the importance of high-quality fabrics and superior workmanship. The collection features materials from a range of organic and recycled resources such as tencel, organic cotton, repurposed leather and recycled hemp. This edited collection provides attire that can take any man or woman from the city streets to the wild wilderness, and everywhere else in between.



With this season, Lifetime celebrates its 10th year of roaming the earth in search of new muses and methods of creativity. The result is a collection that fits the drifter in all of us – alive, alert, and sharp as a Swiss Army knife. Incorporating rich earth tones of burgundy and rust, with vibrant shades of blue and green, each piece is built with a vista of autumn in mind. Our Fall collection sees bonded cotton twill jackets, heathered stripe jerseys, twill flannels, cargo pants and classic chinos - the ultimate foundation for the winter months ahead.



Inspired by a trip to Vietnam, the Indigofera Shirt from A.D. Deertz's A/W 2012 collection features fabric and interior finishing based on a traditional jacket worn by the men of the Nung Hill tribe of the northern section of the country. All three fabrics used for this piece were hand woven and the main fabric was dyed with pure indigo extract, some details are stitched on manually. On first glance the piece appears to have a military, uniform like appearance – it's elegant, comfortable, and conventionally manufactured.


The A/W 12-13 collection from Raphael Hauber inspired by heraldry and plays with the cliché of noble British countryside living. One of this season?s prints shows a group of mud bathing people in a very small multiple mirrored pattern which is almost illegible; from far it reminds of an elegant Botticelli painting. The second print is a duplication of different beetles species. The collection consists of pieces such as shirts with imaginery heraldy crest embroidery, jackets ranging from hooded parkas with Sherlock Holmes capes to padded straight-cut college style jackets and different pants styles with narrow to wide leg cuts complemented by padded outdoor "snow" pants. The materials for the jackets and pants are mainly cotton, a classic Scottish tartan in pure lambswool and a knitted wool mixture in combination with synthetic high tech fabrics.


From the land of dinosaurs, amber and youth -- of this boundless realm of memory, Julian Zigerli draws the solid for his A/W 2012 collection "To Infinity And Beyond". The Möbius Strip, with it's single surface, one side and one boundary component, encapsulates the collection's spirit perfectly. The Möbius Strip stands for infinity and draws a line between the past, the present and the future. Zigerli uses high-grade material, functional design and extraordinary printing to fuel the exploring mind in the conquest of the infinite. It's colorful and made for confident individuals who carry with them the conservation of infinity: A memory of boyhood.


Not only will the A/W 2012 season mark the first time Jack Henry New York has presented at (capsule), it's also the brand's first time selling in a wholesale environment. Keeping a few of its popular existing styles from the previous season, the label has built off of that to create a more complete collection. With all of its clothing made in New York (an integral part of the brand's statement), the A/W 12 collection is clean and minimalist with an emphasis on fit and proportion.




Based in San Francisco since 1922, Golden Bear is a family owned and run label that takes inspiration from its own history of products. With an extensive collection of vintage outerwear that makes up the A/W 12 line, the look this season is classic Americana with a twist. In addition to its varsity jacket in a number of color and fabric/leather combinations, the label will also be showing pea coats, wool walking coats and vintage leather jackets. They'll also be debuting some additional vintage pieces at (capsule) this season, including Harris Tweed from Scotland.



With a continual emphasis on raw denim fabrics for A/W 2012, Svensson is introducing a fit where the more tailored trouser meets denim. They also continue styles with tone on tone stitching, creating a more dressed up look. For tops, the label has continued with heavy knits in new patterns, experimented with melange yarn and, for the first time, tried out raw wool. Maintaining a holistic approach reflecting in everything they do, Svensson's apparel is designed for use in nearly any urban setting.


Bolt's A/W 2012 range makes sense for the customer looking for pieces that are essential, functional and timeless. The past meets the present by reimagining classics like the Cashmere Full Zip Hoodie and a range of knits to be worn alone or as a base layer. Moderate, coastal winters dictate the feel of an expanded line of outerwear and knits designed with Lightning Bolt's Hawaiian roots in mind. Fans of Bolt's heritage will appreciate staple boardshorts and tees while also being introduced to an expanded collection of pieces like the Army Knitted Crewneck, Lumsden Jacket and the Maverick Wool Hooded Overshirt.



For their A/W 12 collection, COMUNE found inspiration in simplicity and efficiency. With smart, subtle detailing, this winter’s color story was deeply inspired by the natural palate found in the forests, mountains, and deserts of our home state of California. Each color fits well and complements the next adding a harmonizing level of balance found throughout the collection. Heavy brushed flannels with red contrast bar tacks, clean striped henleys and hunting influenced fleece provide warmth in any climate while shawl neck zip sweaters and hand knitted cardigans can be layered together to create outfits perfect for hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains or worn to a fine art exhibit in downtown LA.