Thieves shows off Anime-inspired outfits for the urban warrior
Thieves designer Sonja van Elzen already showed during New York Fashion Week this season as part of The GreenShows Eco Fashion Week, but her hometown homies got a glimpse of the fall collection this week at her boutique.
van Elzen has hammered out some pretty serious-looking gear to protect "urban nomads against the elements." The all-black palette was inspired by black-clad anime warriors who stick to themselves but somehow manage to get pulled into trouble anyways.
The pieces definitely look ready for rumbling: the materials are often stiff and unyielding, in the best urban warrior way. I was especially taken with the beeswaxed organic cotton, which almost looked like a dark gray matte acid-wash leather. It pops up throughout the collection, but looks the most stunning when used on men's jackets like the sharp-looking trench and the military-inspired coat.
The silhouettes are, as always, interesting, including a pair of high-rise pants with a diagonal fly, and the super-skinny trousers the come up to the breastbone in a majorly fierce fashion (especially when paired with the super-sexy crop-top). And I'm definitely digging the continuing cape trend -- the Thieves take offers huge swathes of last-for-a-lifetime fabric, and very subtle, almost dangerous glamour.
Even the more everyday-type pieces have lovely details -- I covet the simple black dress with the scoop-neck back crossed by several leather-like strips.
Thieves has stolen my heart. And I don't mind a bit.
Photos by Adam Moco.
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