Timo Weiland Fall 2013 Show — Collegiate, Equestrian, and British Elite Influences with a Rebel Edge
As the lights dimmed, then slowly turned back on inside The Studio in Lincoln Center on the afternoon of Thursday, February 7th, ¬†guests awaiting the commencement of the¬†Timo Weiland¬†Fall 2013 show were treated to a live performance by Tracy Antonopoulos and Ben Morsberger of New York-based indie rock band Cable, their slightly retro, punk-flavored sounds establishing an edgy ambiance that carried on through the entire show. And then, of course, the models started to emerge in collegiate-flavored ensembles such as a navy-and-chalk, windowpane plaid button-down shirt with a crisp white collar paired with navy tweed pants and accessorized with a red wool English riding hat (as pictured above, second from top);and ¬†a black chiffon long-sleeved blouse with a scalloped lace camisole under an exquisitely tailored navy-colored plaid blazer and matching slacks (as shown above, fourth from top).
As the plaid patterns, structured blazers, and pleated skirts started hitting the runway, I felt like I was hanging out with a group of seniors girls at an elite British school, a place like the¬†St. Edward’s boarding school in North Oxford. These girls came from elite families and spent their days attending classes and their weekends riding horses and playing Polo, but they weren’t straight-edged, rule-abiding goody-goodies. If anything, they were the girls who smoked cigarettes out of their dorm windows, sneaking in a few drags, then scrambling to cover the smell, or who snuck out to local bars in the middle of the night, then dragged themselves back into their beds before morning.
To give the looks a bit of a mutinous edge, classic pieces were cleverly reinvented so that, for instance, a snap-front, above-the-knee black varsity coat featured leather insets in unexpected areas, including white patches beneath the rounded shoulders (as shown above, eight from top). Similarly, an ultra-short, pleated, wool-and-leather schoolgirl skirt in a cranberry red shade was paired with a cranberry-colored leather tee (as shown above at top). The broad lapels of wool-and-leather peacoats were lined with shearling, while the classic jean jacket worn by high schoolers all over the world was infused with a rebellious edge through the usage of denim-colored leather.¬†Fatigue-colored dresses and leather tees with camouflage prints added an urban sensibility to the collection though the silhouettes remained classic and sleek.
Towards the latter half of the show, Tudor tapestry prints in plum and black, as well as beige and cornflower blue, appeared on fur-covered vests, tailored pants, pleated skirts, and jackets with fur cuffs or collars gave the collection an aristocratic air, informed by England royalty and nobility.
Check out photos from the Timo Weiland Fall/Winter 2013 show above and below and don’t miss the video of the show’s finale walk embedded above!