I went for a re-see of Tim Coppens‘ Fall 2012 collection and gained a keener appreciation for the designer’s creations. The Belgian-born and Antwerp-educated New York designer brought forth pieces that were versatile, masculine, and innovatively tech-luxe. The detailing on the pieces was obsessive, and the materials sumputuous; my hands had so much fun.
Fall 2012 was inspired by the stylized aesthetic and energy of the film ‘Drive’, as well as ice hockey and racing uniforms, and the designer expertly brought this brash handsomeness to life in beautiful, wearable men’s clothing.
One of my favorite pieces is this bomber jacket in dark coffee brown shearling. It feels amazing to touch, and the patchwork effect of attaching pieces of the skin in opposing grains, as well as the silver zippers and ribbed cuffs, make it modern and upbeat.
I also did get to view one of Coppens’ most emblematic pieces: the Persian rug jacket from Spring 2012. The colors were resplendent, and the texture elegantly disheveled.
A surge of enthusiasm now surrounds this designer who brings the hope of Belgian progressiveness to New York’s fatigued menswear scene. Buyers already seem to adore Coppens with the same ardor the press has for him. My eyes will be watching to see how this story pans out, and my hands look forward to touching more of his textural treasures.