Christian Westphal AW 2010 Photography Soren Starbird | www.starbird.dk Model Nicolai Haugaard
The Winter 2010 collection from Christian Westphal has a refined aesthetic with slashes of Renaissance heroes from the paintings of Tizian and El Greco.
The cuts, colours, silhouettes and attitude of the Italian Renaissance paintings is the inspiration for the Autumn Winter 2010 collection. The look is a glamorous, dirty but quiet, modern Euro-boho, with an ongoing nod to armoured self confident kings and noblemen dressed in shiny black metal waistcoat, oversized shirts, small and neat collars and accessorized with heavy trims and huge scarfs. A style that contributes to dress with layer on layer, like the urban nomads we have become.
The AW10 collection is less ceremonial and more muted and monochromatic―though no less surreal―than the brightly colored Summer 2009 collection, but keeps the urban graphic look, in particular the architectural take on casual suiting. However the colour palette is essentially black and white with dashes of bottle green optimism, turquise crispiness and navy blue classicism.
A tweak here and there can elevate even the simplest outfits. Notice the crispy cotton poplin shirt with a neatly folded starched-looking collar on collar, the check patterned shirt with the collar that develops into an oversized scarf, or the casual blazer in knitted merino wool. Small moves like these separate you from the pack.
The jeans sharpen up for Winter 2010. Not that I am saying you should wear these hand-painted torn-and-frayed blue denim to the office, but it’s hard to go wrong wearing it when you’re off the clock. The denim collection also consists of raw black and washed blue jeans – all three are woven and stitched on the famed looms of Okayama, Japan.
It’s called attitude. Nothing finishes off an outfit better than a sharp dose of confidence. How else do grown men get away with wearing a plucked and beat up mink jacket over a hooded jersey top ? But we’re not talking hip-hop-bling-shake-the booty fur―we’re talking slim-cut, rock-guy getup biker jacket to be worn with dirty and oily boots with attitude.
The strategy is to modernize menswear, calibrating the millimeter of difference that separates a boring uniform from an innovative piece. Christian Westphal sees avant-garde as deconstruction, working to and from the human body and making pieces with a strong, modern look.
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