THE REPORT

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We all know Diesel. It’s one of the biggest labels known worldwide for it’s denim, but did you know about it’s little brother Black Gold? I’ll introduce you guys. In a nut shell DBG is the contemporary collection that is little less commercial than it’s counterpart Diesel, and a lot more exclusive. 2014 seems to be the year for Diesel, with both labels seeing a change in their design teams for the AW14 collections. Diesel got Nicola Formichetti (read about it in my previous article) who has ‘rebooted’ the label with his own unique style, and Diesel Black Gold saw the promotion of their former womenswear Creative Director Andreas Melbostad, to overall Creative Director last september. The Norwegian designer debuted his first men’s collection for the label in January at Florence’s Pitti Uomo. Marking a new chapter for the brand, Melbostad can rest easy in knowing that this debut has been very well received, with only positivity surrounding this striking collection.

 

Diesel Black Gold is undeniably edgy with it’s baggy silhouettes and love of leather and studding, but it’s actually dubbed to be the more sophisticated of the two labels. Diesel is known for it’s youthful attitude and easy-to-wear street style clothing, and DBG is in some ways no different to it with that same outer shell. However it’s the precision in the details and the careful construction that makes it stand at a higher level than it’s brother. Even though Diesel has been around for 35 years and is technically the older of the two, DBG does come across as the cooler more sophisticated older sibling (the one you’d steal clothes from and then live to regret it later). Launched back in ’08, the aim was to create a more upscale high fashion version of itself, but still in keeping with the irreverent attitude and passion of Diesel. DBG is slowly becoming the new ‘it’ designer label, one which isn’t trying to push itself into the lime light but is gaining our respect by it’s sheer creativity and quality.

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diesel_blackgold_show          Renzo Rosso with Andreas Melbostad   

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When looking at this collection for the first time expect the usual distressed scruffy edge of Diesel, but after that take a closer look you’ll notice the careful detailing and sharp tailoring amongst the edgy raw exterior. There are no average pieces here, the materials used are altered so you get more than a leather jacket, you get a mirrored silver and gunmetal leather jacket with carefully applied embellishments and badges. You’ll see a heavy rocker influence, along with a few key military details that makes for a tough masculine collection that’s going to appeal to any fearless dresser. It’s a great new find and we’re really eager to start introducing it into our day-to-day style…I know it’s going to look incredible hanging in my wardrobe.

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