story by Seth Friedermann
photos by Adrianna Favero
One of the great joys of being privileged to go to fashion shows season after season is the opportunity to watch talented designers grow as artists, to see them pare away what is superfluous or unnecessary and to grow stronger and stronger in their signature touches and their overall artistic self expression. The Timo Weiland fall 2011 collection was an impressive step forward for the label’s designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein. The cuts, details, and fabric treatments spoke to an increasing maturity and level of sophistication.
Although this season’s collection was colored heavily in the freedom of the rock and roll and mod spirit, the pair channeled that oft used source through some very unique clothes. One of Mr. Weiland and Mr. Eckstein’s great strengths is their ability to create a mood or a feel through their tweaking to or outright reinvention of classic garment details. Lapels shaped and treated in new ways, collars and cuffs done with new treatments and new shapes that create a feeling of vigor and freshness. An amazing pair of inseam button trimmed wide legged trousers served as a perfect example, and were a huge stand-out to me.
Timo Weiland’s prints also never fail to impress, and last season’s “Summerhaus” print was given a more watercolor treatment and also carried their signature brightness and boldness into this season. Overall, Timo Weiland is a label on a steeply rising trajectory as the design pair seem to very much enjoy dreaming and creating together. When the product of paired imagination looks like this, what’s not to enjoy?