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.