Think racing attire meets minimalistic spacesuit and you might be able to conjure up imagery of Tim Coppens’ latest collection. This five season veteran and CFDA Swarovski Award-nominated Belgian designer has got his formula for sleek, streamlined menswear down pat.
This season marked further evolved signature looks employing savvy textile combos (panels that looked like cork, suiting fabrics, camel hide and metal mesh) and sharp lines. The use of leather and zippers also further elevated the clean and simple lines. The Formula 1 inspired looks included fancy boiler suits, striped knits that recalled racing flags, star-embellished driving shoes and bulbous helmets. Metal-inspired fabrics, used for everything from athletic shorts to geometric details are what gave the collection it’s intergalactic vibe. Despite all these embellishments and what sounds like drastically different aesthetic inspirations, the clothes maintained a wonderfully wearable air of simplicity masculinity.
Now, some of you may be confused by the women models interspersed throughout the catwalk. The result of Coppen’s experimental, just-to-see-what-happens women’s looks was a series of sporty skirts paired with structured sweatshirt-style tops, geometric dresses with zip pockets, and a bomber with bold, flattering panels in leather and gold. Here’s to hoping his experiemntal looks make a permanent place for themselves in his future collections.