Band of Out­siders

WWD Digital Daily - - The Reviews - Sa­man­tha Conti

An­gelo Van Mol showed off a nos­tal­giatinged col­lec­tion that took its cues from the 1971 moon land­ing and a fic­tional band of teenagers who were watch­ing it un­fold on TV.

The brand shot a short, po­etic film show­ing the teens ad­just­ing the TV aerial on the roof of their house, peck­ing at a man­ual type­writer and groov­ing to tunes such as “A Whiter Shade of Pale” as they watched the black-and-white broad­cast of Alan Shep­ard touch­ing down.

Van Mol, who also showed women’s for the first time, said he wanted to hark back to times “that weren’t so con­strained, times when peo­ple could fi­nally ex­press who they wanted to be.”

The col­lec­tion it­self was a win­ning mar­riage of street and tai­lor­ing. Dur­ing a walk-through of the pre­sen­ta­tion, the el­e­gant Van Mol was dressed in a sweater, check jacket and a neck­tie — an ac­ces­sory that’s nearly ex­tinct among the hip­sters of east London, where the pre­sen­ta­tion took place.

“I have a Sav­ile Row back­ground, and I like struc­ture,” said Van Mol. “And the tie gives me a kick.” For women, he whipped up a burnt orange pin­wale cor­duroy suit with flared trousers and an A-line miniskirt and match­ing jacket in shaved pony with a check pat­tern.

For men, he opted for a mix of work, street and tai­lored cloth­ing, all with strong shapes. There was a boiled-wool pea­coat with a striped, knit­ted col­lar, a Ja­panese denim work­wear jacket and match­ing cropped jeans with a biker-style fit. A cool black puf­fer jacket and a silky shirt were printed with blurred im­ages from the moon land­ings.

The Seven­ties also seeped into track­suits through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ital­ian la­bel Ser­gio Tac­chini, and into footwear, too. Mod­els wore Kick­ers, which added even more youth­ful charm to the col­lec­tion. —

Band of Out­siders

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