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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
An innovative Merino wool look from KOCHÉ’s Pre-Fall collection, unveiled at the historic Strand bookstore in New York City. launch of the two collections were a bit out of the ordinary. Presented in the historic Strand bookstore in New York, the Pre-Fall 2018 men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection blended With its apparel sold in 15 countries across the world and in luxury stores such as Selfridges in London and Barneys New York, and having also been shortlisted for the LVMH Fashion Prize and the ANDAM Fashion Award, the Paris-based brand KOCHÉ has certainly made its mark on the fashion scene since it was launched in 2014. The Woolmark Company has partnered with KOCHÉ for the past two seasons with the aim to extend the reach of wool to the Y-generation and Millennials who follow the flourishing brand. The initiative is also helping promote Merino wool as the luxurious and technical fabric of choice for a young and innovative generation of French designers. Millennials do things differently, so it should come as no surprise that the settings for the It’s not often you see a fashion show held in a historic bookstore or iconic music hall, but that’s exactly where the innovative young KOCHÉ brand launched its latest wool-rich collections in partnership with The Woolmark Company. WOOL IN DESIGNER’S GOOD BOOKS Readers might recall that fashion brand Band of Outsiders launched its Spring/ Summer 2018 collection, rather hilariously, at a comedy show in central London. You might have thought that that launch was ‘skating on thin ice’. Well the launch of their follow-up Autumn/Winter collection was quite literally... skating on thin ice. The models that showcased the latest wool-rich collection from British fashion brand Band of Outsiders were not the usual sort of models. For this launch event, they ranged from international ice hockey players to a German national figure skating champion. WOOL THE ULTIMATE FOR WINTER SPORTS sportswear mainstays with couture techniques that included 21 Merino wool pieces that were embroidered or printed, tying in exceptional craftsmanship. “For the collection, I worked with Woolmark to source wool for a very casual street-inspired style and crafted pieces – such as a coat where the wool is completely reworked with appliqué of vinyl and re-embroidered with crystals (see image left),” said KOCHÉ designer and founder, Christelle Kocher. “There are also several hand- knitted wool pieces.” KOCHÉ’s Fall 2018 wool-rich collection was launched against the unique backdrop of Casino de Paris – a historic music hall in Paris dating back to the 18th Century. The collection comprised a variety of offbeat looks such as a wool tailored coat with artisanal camouflage prints, jersey knit turtlenecks, mixed material dresses, and loosely fitted sweaters composed of a stunning blend of knit techniques. “Wool is a fibre that I love enormously,” Christelle said after the show. “For this collection, we used it in different aspects: stretch, jersey or knitted, printed, embroidered and draped. As a result, the wool silhouettes create poetic-like dresses.” MORE INFORMATION www.koche.fr Unveiled at an outdoor London ice-rink, ice skating models unveiled the brand’s latest wool-rich collection, which took inspiration from the idyllic winter sports holiday. Partnering with The Woolmark Company, Daniel Hettmann and Angelo Van Mol of Band of Outsiders once again turned to Merino wool as their fibre of choice. The Woolmark Company connected the brand to the world’s leading fabric and yarn suppliers, via the wool sourcing guide The Wool Lab. A variety of lush materials fit for winter were present in this collection, with a big focus on outerwear and high-quality wool knitwear. It featured a variety of wool and wool-rich items including coats, jumpers, scarves and caps. The colour palette was named after iconic ski- resorts across the world, such as Verbier Grey, Aspen White, Telluride Red and Zermatt Beige. With Vogue stating that this was “Hettmann and Van Mol’s best collection yet – full of idiosyncratic but wearable pieces”, one could say the brand is snowballing into something big. MORE INFORMATION www.bandofoutsiders.com/woolmark The latest wool-rich collection from Band of Outsiders was launched in front of the media at a central London ice rink. PHOTO: Micaela McLucas OFF FARM 28 28
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