G-Star A/W 2013 - Berlin

Contradiction, craftsmanship and innovation; these were the defining themes of the G-Star Autumn/Winter 2013 collection presented in Berlin earlier this week. Staged within the imposing haunt of St Agnes-Kirche and including a surprise guest appearance by new RAW icon Michael Madsen, the collection was an impressive exploration of the endless possibilities of RAW denim showcased in the most unexpected of forms.

When it comes to pushing the limits of denim to create experimental yet functional pieces to live in, G-Star knows no boundaries. 'Everything is possible.' Yet the collection wasn’t just about denim. With strong military, aviation, working and hunting influences at the core of both the menswear and womenswear collections, experimental fabrics, new colours and bold silhouettes were combined with denim pieces to encapsulate the essence of modernity, wearability and timelessness.

A striking feature throughout the A/W collection was the intense Mazarine blue denim colour, inspired by the beautiful French fabric Toile de Chine. This unique denim colour and the contrast of tough, utilitarian pieces paired with delicate tailoring set the tone for a commanding collection of contradictory yet complementary combinations. Key pieces included structured jackets with 3D sleeves made from crisp, heavy denim fabrics for men and the slim, stretchy Jeg skinny jean for women. The low-crotched, tapered Charlie pant merged elements of denim and tailoring to create a relaxed, androgynous silhouette for both men and women.

With innovation and craftsmanship as key driving forces behind the Autumn/Winter collection, the unconventional running Skeleton Dog featured in the latest RAW campaign is symbolic of a fervency to be the first and the fastest in denim design. Combining contradictions has given G-Star an edge.

Full review and runway images can be viewed at fashionising.com: http://www.fashionising.com/runway/b--g-star-aw-13-41070.html

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