A post-punk romance in Timo Weiland's F/W 12 Lookbook
Designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein are romantics through and through. The narrative they have crafted in the Timo Weiland Fall '12 lookbook tells the story of a palpable love tale for this generations youth. Post-punk era St. Marks Place is the inspiration for the lookbook featuring Tumblr darling Charlotte Free and Dudley OShaughnessythe baby-faced love interest in Rihannas We Found Love video. Working from the studio in the CFDA Incubator, Weiland waxed poetic about his attraction to the aesthetic, "I love Patti Smith, Lauryn Hill circa 1995 and Mariann Faithfull."
The flowing silhouettes and bold prints the designers have become known for manifests in a darker color palette than we've seen from them in previous seasonsemulating an elegant maturity that fits the dark and playful music movement that inspired them. Forest greens, oxblood reds, and shades of brown are accented in soft ivory, giving the collection a casual elegance that prevents it from falling into the tired world of grunge.
Long, dynamic dresses feature bold and beautiful prints, as has become a staple of Timo Weilands design. Galaxies and constellations patterns make the pieces perfect for gallivanting on the downtown streets of the East Village. The introduction of luxe fabrics and furs in their outerwear channels iconic bad girls like Nico and Kim Gordon. What post-punk princess could possibly be apt for love without a fox fur chubby?
Classic oxford buttondowns in reimagined buffalo plaids and checks serve as the basic infrastructure for the mens line. Statement pieces like leather motorcycle jackets and a hooded toggle-duffle coat are paired with casual knitwear to give the collection a boyish flair. It's Morrissey charming, not Kurt Cobain careless.
Falling for someone on the streets of the East Village probably involves more cigarette smoke and catcalling than it does whispers and candle light. But thats the kind of love story that seems to have eclipsed the clean cut boy-meets-girl that exhausted itself in the 80s. Leave it to Timo Weiland to channel those delicate downtown cultural shifts and translate them into their clothing.