In their second year of “Incubation” under the CFDA program designed to fine-tune talents of American designers, Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein were sent on a provoking trip to Indonesia. It shouldn’t come as surprise that the reputably cool duo’s takeaway had little to do with traditions of the country and instead focused on the laid-back surfer culture they became immersed in. What does that mean for the coolly clean-lined Timo customer.
Fall’s sharp tailoring was nowhere to be found this season. The boys took prim shirtdresses and breathed relaxation into the silhouettes, allowing them to sit away from the body, which offered gentle movement. Trousers were given slouch and a drawstring, shell tops were made boxier and everything was perforated by an updated eyelet, providing sportier silhouettes with a touch of modern romance. The collection certainly touched on key trends for Spring, but not too loudly. Colors included lots of white, navy, black, red and blue, allowing even simple prints to appear quite powerful. Heavy stripes alongside a fresh take on subtle tribal prints (the only blatant reference to Indonesia we could easily identify) were so tastefully utilized here. One standout look nailed two major spring trends simultaneously: a white, rayon-nylon anorak atop a black, dropped-peplum hem mini skirt.
“Ugly shoes” are having a serious moment, and the Timo boys are milking it through a wisely timed collaboration with comfort-oriented TSUBO. If the girls this Spring weren’t looking comfy enough, hidden-platform lace-ups and chunky flats ought to do the trick. The result: anything but sloppy. Doesn’t comfort project elegance? Timo and Alan think so. We concur.
A handful of menswear looks reflected the kind of thing you might spot Timo or Alan wearing. Head-to-toe denim underneath a black sport jacket, a black leather anorak atop white, pleated shorts, a classic buttondown and pleated trousers with a navy leather bomber, etc
After the show we spoke to Timo’s mom who shared a brief history of the boys’ startup – a modest and inspiring story of serious elbow grease. It’s exciting to watch this discerning duo run with the support they’ve earned from the CFDA, not to mention fans such as Linda Evangelista – an unstoppable recipe.
Designer website: www.timoweiland.com