Into the Wild With Tim Coppens

Tim Coppens’ Fall/Winter 2014 show evoked writer Jon Krakauer’s tome on outdoor explorations, "Into The Wild." Coppens’ collection, which also expanded on last season’s brief foray into womenswear, told a story much like the one in the book—a solitary voyage through nature. For Coppens, however, the collection was equally about the wearer’s ability to survive within civilization.

As all good collections should, this one cleverly juxtaposed tradition and modernity. Luxurious wools were married with high tech fabrics; creating a modern interpretation of mountaineering that Coppens made his own by keeping it tightly focused. Bursts of aluminum highlighted tri-paneled pants with nylon inserts; resulting in a lightweight garment for any environment. From tartan to frequent color blocking, Coppens’ fitted sportswear ensembles were layered with precision; unlined Austrian Loden wool jackets and lightweight shirts would be equally at home on the streets of New York City as they would in the Swiss Alps.

A new addition was sunglasses designed in collaboration with cult British eyewear brand Linda Farrow. Oversized goggle frames featuring nylon coated lenses and a graphic cutout side detailing were perfect for protection and larger than life.

Coppens also dove deeper this season into the idea of creating a female counterpart. For his girls, tailored slim-fitting jackets and narrow pants were given a rich, furry twist. Seeing womenswear and menswear unified is an exciting step forward into the sartorial wilderness for Coppens.

Photography by Andrew Boyle and Joe Marquez

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