Tim Coppens ventures back to his adolescence as the central inspiration for his fall-winter 2013 collection. An exploration of the street culture of his youth, references to skateboarding and graffiti prevail in the collection, developed with modern silhouettes and graphic details. A bomber jacket serves as the starting silhouette for the collection, updated with sleeves lined with graphic zippers that recall the padding and volume of a youth’s skateboarding gear. Parkas, coats and shirting also feature these voluminous sleeves, paired with clean silhouettes that lend a graphic look to the collection. The sleeves of sleek cardigans and knits are adorned with leather panels that echo the dynamic lines of the zippers that line the outerwear. Tailoring is explored with minimal jackets, coats and pants made with a heavy wool woven with grey and white to create a dynamic fabric that brings to mind screen static.
The collection is dominated by white, greys and black, with touches of navy and a rich burgundy, forming a stark palette for the graphic shapes of this collection. Prints are inspired by the splatter and lines of graffiti, and lend a sporty feel to a sleek collection. Double-faced wools, neoprenes and foam leather serve as the foundation, lending itself to the stiff and voluminous shapes that dominate the collection. As always, an attention to detail illuminates the impeccability of the garments. Zippers and closures are made from copper in stark contrast with the dark fabrics, and minimal snap closures are further concealed with hidden fabric panels, further minimizing any distractions from the tailoring. This attention to detail is continued even where it cannot be seen, where outerwear is adorned with shocking fluorescent inner linings, an homage to the rebellion of youth.