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Fuelling up for spring

While for most people the topic of conversation in terms of fashion might be about what sort of coat to buy for the predicted cold winter, here at Drapers it is all about the spring 08 press days.
We’ve seen the trade shows, we’ve seen the catwalks, and now it’s time to get a proper look at what styles brands and high street retailers have translated into their new collections.

Today I made the trip to Diesel. There wasn’t too much hard work involved here, with my first stop being the luxury nibbles laid on by the brand, followed by a manicure and massage service which my tight shoulders and ragged nails greatly appreciated.

But back to the clothes. Traditionally known for its denim, Diesel is predictably strong in this respect for spring 08, with white a hot colour in both men’s and women’s styles, and jeans worn loose and casual for men and skinny with a slouchy ankle for women. Small cropped jackets, faded blue body-conscious dresses and thigh-high hot pants are also expertly crafted from denim, courtesy of creative director Wilbert Das’s team.

But it is the non-denim pieces that are particularly striking in Diesel’s spring collection. The 1980s appear to have taken over, with belted shirt dresses in neon yellow leather, hot pink dungarees and plenty of one-shoulder tops with splashes of bright colour. A painterly chiffon floor-length dress adds a sophisticated edge to the funky offering, while cut-out swimwear is a sexy option.

For men, grey stands out on smart blazers, knee-length shorts and trousers, while silver adds a luxe sportswear feel to jackets – again with a strong 1980s influence – via pale stripes or in brighter block colours. Neons also come through for men, in pink and slate grey stripes on T-shirts or as a highlight colour on long-sleeved stretch cotton tops and vests.

All in all I was pretty impressed with the collection, and despite the weather outside, I came away already looking forward to donning my white jeans in a few months time.

Readers' comments (3)

  • can we have a proper forum pls???
    Drapers is a bit out of touch with what is currently going on in the marketplace........i know you guys think " oooh with the right product...things are hunky dory" the right product one can just about tick over. please can we have a prominent forum to post thread start ups on issues relevant to us??
    i'm sure the diesel stuff is luvrely....our town only has an indie diesel stockist....but am sure it won't be long before Diesel come to town too.

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  • I agree with the other x blogger from the last site (drapersblog). Whats going on? This is not half as good as the old drapersblog. Lets be able to have threads and post queries or a place for a general chat and moan.....all this bumph about what you fashion luvvies get up to in a day is not day today retailing. Listen to your punters!!! We have only been asking for this for 6 months and surely your lack of reader responses tell you that this isnt the way to go. Back to basics please!

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  • Andre Rickerby


    Drapers do have a seperate forum idea planned for the future, however this will be not be in near future. We have a wealth of ideas we want to add to this site for its users but resources unfortunately only allow us to do a certain number of things at any given time.

    André Rickerby
    Digital content manager

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