Diesel Black Gold Takes Inspiration From ‘Thrashin” And 80’s Skate Punk

Looks from the Diesel Black Gold Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Riding high off the luxe leopards and leathers of last season and the rich metallic experimentations of the preceding spring/summer collection, Diesel Black Gold went for an extra specific inspiration this Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week. Creative Director Sophia Kokosalaki looked to the Josh Brolin ’80s skateboarding flick Thrashin’ (often alternately referred to as Skate Gang) as the cultural muse for this, her last collection with Diesel Black Gold. The movie, if you haven’t seen it, takes place in ’80s L.A. and centers around Brolin’s character Corey Webster, his crew “The Ramp LOCALS” who are characterized by their feathered bangs and faded neons, and the run-ins they have with the other resident skate gang “The Daggers” – purveyors of many leathers and denims.

Looks from the Diesel Black Gold Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

Sophia absorbed those wardrobing elements, the throwback skate culture, AND the film’s awesomely ’80s punk soundtrack (fun fact: the first iteration of Red Hot Chili Peppers makes a cameo!), and repurposed it all elegantly for her latest collection. The show opened with a dramatically lit half-pipe and IRL skater dudes coasting up and down to the fading in runway playlist. The lineup of models (including our House of Style bb gurl Joan Smalls!!) strutted down the industrial runway to Minor Threat, Bloc Party, and throwback techno in graffiti-printed leather, laser-cut mesh work, scuba shirting, and of course, the Diesel staple: lots and lots of DENIM. Watch our behind-the-scenes video from the Diesel Black Gold show below!

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