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September 10, 2012

Color Me Coppens

Tim Coppens presented a Spring 2013 collection of streamlined, masterfully detailed pieces—fresh and honestly beautiful things, the kind that stroke my sense of wonder about fashion.  He continued his story of luxe-tech, this season inspired by the swagger of post-World War II fighter pilots and the early icons of Detroit’s techno music scene, enlivened with a note of optimism with the introduction of a 50′s to early 60′s modernist color palette and graphic design elements.  In a city hampered by the economy, continually belaboring images of the past, he brought a sense of integrity with designs that are fresh and exciting and expertly executed; Coppens was a tough act to follow.

the Tim Coppens Spring 2013 lineup

The colors were not accent colors, not full-on color, not dark, not pastel, not primaries.  In fact, the show wasn’t about the color palette; the colors served only to expound on the harmonious design that made the clothes sing.

This Tim Coppens jacket in ivy green leather and blue cotton/nylon sleeves with puffy helmet pockets was a symphony in color and design.

Tom Van Dorpe's styling of the show was incredible, juxtaposing the subversive (bondage upper-thigh harnesses) with the relaxed (slide sport sandals).

cutout sweaters with prints inspired by 90's Detroit techno record label logos

a highlight of this season is the use of gold hardware, a touch that is both strikingly graphic and luxe

tech-sexy harnesses not too different from the ones you wear rock-climbing, but with handy little pouches

a more subtle effect in black on blue

black quilted shorts for evening strolls by the water

Tim Coppens x Mastermind Japan quilted backpacks and helmet totes

slide sandals in rust and black

slide sandals in ivy green and black


Says the color-averse dandy to this collection, “Color Me, Coppens.”

photographs by Sophia Callahan and Izzy Tuason


  • Duck
    September 10th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I absolutely loved what I saw of this show. Normally I don’t get that excited about what comes out of New York – it tends to err too much on the commercial side for my liking. But this collection struck just the right balance. From the runway shots I particularly liked the jackets and sweaters with differently coloured arms, but seeing these close-ups I’m also a fan of the quilted shorts and bags! Such great details on all the pieces.

  • Aldous Wright
    September 10th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Although I personally am not a fan of tech or futuristic pieces, I would say that the execution of the pieces is impeccable. I love the modern silhouette. The colours a bit too gloomy for spring though, not that Dior Homme did anything about it too. Nice shots of two of my all time favorites Charlie France and Baptiste Radufe.

  • Hannah
    September 10th, 2012 at 12:01 pm


  • Peter
    September 10th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    ‘Tech-sexy harness’ is my new greatest aspiration


  • Sean
    September 10th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    love seeing the details, seems like a collection I’d like to shop!

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