For the Diesel Black Gold Resort 2016 collection, Andreas Melbostad lightened things up this season. Melbostad said a visit to L.A.’s Saks Fifth Avenue, which recently picked up the label, got him thinking about the ways that street and surfer culture intersect in Southern California.
“I liked this idea of street culture meets beach culture,” he said of the lineup, which borrowed elements from classic beachwear items — like wetsuits and board shorts — and infused them into easy streetwear separates such as printed silk pants and dresses adorned with studs and macramé lace.
The collection featured staple leather jackets with bonded jersey linings and ergonomic scuba seaming; they looked very much like the top half of a wet suit. Jeans came oversized and cuffed for a real tomboy vibe. The dresses that rounded out the collection had fewer studs than usual and more eyeleting for results that felt more delicate and feminine. Jean jackets and cotton poplin shirts with rounded shoulders and kimono-style sleeves pushed the collection further into fresh territory.