24 September 2009

Urban Travels

Krane Fall '09 Collection

I have to admit that my thoughts and imaginings have a natural tendency to romanticise in the images they create. Indeed when thinking about the colder months I can never quite shake the image of technical sportswear donned to traverse a harsh ice-laden landscape, strewn with jagged rocks beaten into shape by the buffeting winds. Of course the hardships that such a journey would entail happen to remain happily upon the fringes of my mind as I conjure up the first seeds to a magical tale. And yet those thoughts which I put aside in my imaginings, become very real when I consider the image as a whole, and indeed the fashion that goes with it.

Whilst the concept of technical clothing has always appealed to me in light of the Winter months, I find myself at odds to the idea of pulling on a bright goretex mountaineering jacket and some ski boots. Then again, judging by some of the city commuters one happens to run across in the Tube, maybe a red nylon Bergen bag is the perfect accessory to a suit. Whilst I suppose one could indeed use a piece of technical sportswear by incorporating it into one's daily outfit, there is something to be said for a piece inspired by the original, rather than simply the original itself.

Indeed as tends to be the way with such stylistic inspirations, there is always the potential to adapt a concept or aesthetic. Whilst I would feel out of place wearing arctic gear to weather out the rain upon the streets of London, there is a certain charm to the idea of wearing technical-inspired gear and clothing. One would perhaps refer to it as a filtered down concept, as something adapted and re-imagined for more practical everyday use. Indeed as I looked over the Fall '09 look book for Canadian-based label Krane, I found myself rather enticed by their technical outerwear pieces.

The simple use of toggles, buttons and extra fastenings in the detailing of the garments certainly added a more practical appeal. And yet, there was something about the practical and technical look to the garments that immediately filled my mind with romantic images of a modern day nomad traversing an urban landscape. The understated designs, which revealed much more upon closer inspection, carefully towed the line between form and function. Indeed there was something almost militaristic in pieces such as the last olive green coat. Perhaps this is no surprise, given that Ken Chow describes his label as 'a remembrance of vintage uniforms with an ode to modern industrial design'.

As my recent posts would have undoubtedly shown, my mind has been pre-occupied with images and fantasies of futuristic urban nomads. For me, the outerwear pieces by Krane are ones that manage to fit that mould, albeit with a more polished feel than the slight creative destruction shown in previous posts. Perhaps they are on the verge of being a touch too polished, which was certainly the case for the varsity jacket, which I felt to be just slightly out of place. However, the mask makes the model look like an urban ninja...that's cool in my books!

Currently playing: The Instrumental ft. Jonah Matranga - Lupe Fiasco

xxxx

48 comments:

  1. I actually remember seeing this turtleneck mask look in a womenswear lookbook... I thought it looked cool. If only I could get my Mr. to agree to wear his turtleneck Ninja style. Haha!

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  2. the clothes are quite clean shapes and i like the textures,

    but here they look like they are being modelled, rather than being lived

    i think the model has to look like they are living those clothes

    that is achieved in the 45rpm lookbook and in the No Brothers No Sisters collection, but here I don't see it.


    so I think these clothes need more of a story within the photos

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  3. beautiful collection! i love how it's been shot.

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  4. You really have the best posts! I love the mask.

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  5. awesome..wind blown..so cold..the effect gets to me..that these parkas are much needed!

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  6. a wonderful way to stay super toasty!

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  7. haha i definitely find the mask cool, but.. a little scary. just a little (:

    i'm getting sp pumped for the cold weather and the holidays!!!!!!! this post excites me.

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  8. Hope you are goood :)

    URGGHHH ilove your posts, and how you can write so much but keep my attention :D, thoose coatsss are niceeeeeee!, cant wiat for winter layering & wolly hatsss :) eEeEe!!

    xxxxx
    Danielle

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  9. Love the idea of the urban nomad, darling! These pieces and the photos are fantastic!

    Loving your new(?) profile pic too, btw.

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. Urban nomad turned Urban ninja...fabulous. I wish men would actually dress this way! They all need a little DK push!

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  11. Ooh ninjas in parkas, now thats not something I expected to work.

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  12. I enjoyed this post a lot! The photo essay is amazing!

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  13. omg awesome collection DK!! Fabulous post!

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  14. never seen sucha good lookin guy in a face mask thingie .

    in ny i usually see this on urban guys ( for lack of better wording "

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  15. Great photos. So fantastic. I love them. I've often thought what it would be like to be a nomad.

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  16. the grey jacket with leather arms is a piece i would even wear.

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  17. Canadians definitely know how to handle cold weather fashionably..... hahaha, I take a lot of pride in that. Most of my winter attire is from Canadian-based designers :)

    Can't wait for cold weather to arrive!

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  18. You're always so sweet with your comments. Thanks so much :)

    This collection so beautiful ! And the model looks so handsome even with the mask,I think its his eyes.

    And I new a new coat !!

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  19. all state-in-art.....



    joliieess:-)

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  20. Urban Ninja ehhh... Great photos DK, can almost feel the cold air blowing!
    ;)

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  21. amazing!! love the editorials!! shots too!

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  22. You're so right about the urban ninja vibe... I love it! I must say this is the chicest technical wear I've seen in a while. I love the concept of technical clothing as well and wished there was a reason I could actually wear it, but feel it is completely out of place in a setting that doesn't require it. There is something romantic about having the appropriate attire to brave certain temperatures or weather, though once you're actually in it, it isn't really that fun (I was once stuck in a snow blizzard in the mountains and didn't feel particularly romantic with chunks of ice blowing in my face ;-)

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  23. Oh, I'd have a mask on too, if I lived with so much wind around. Of course, the masks here are for styling and conceptual purpose, but it does give an urban ninja feel, as you have rightly said. I wish I lived in a city where adapting this style could even be a thought. With a year long summer, I doubt.

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  24. This collection reminds me a bit like K.Z.O's line. Urban ninja allllll the way! ;)

    p.s. have a great weekend!

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  25. Sports have always played an important role in fashion and style, not only due to d fact dat sports clothing are durable, but they are also easycare..

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  26. I love a good urban ninja. Ah ha. The flecks of snow fluttering through the shots are so pretty!

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  27. have i gone crazy? Do you have a new layout?
    perhaps.

    haha. next post, please dress so i can't see your mouth, just like these models..

    how trendy.

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  28. i love the photography here and the angles.

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  29. Brilliant collection! All the coats are so sharp and classy and down to earth. :)

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  30. Urban ninja, huh? Hmmmmm. Well, I was fascinated by the hair and the way it flew around in each picture----I found myself watching that....

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  31. These are fabulous! The photos were shot in Very similar conditions to the over the top windy chill we have here at the moment!

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  32. hI Dapper, love the photos. Strong black and whites and the movement. FAb. Thanks Carla

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  33. very strong photography, i want all the coats!
    xx
    marian

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  34. I love the way these photos have been shot. Great post! :)

    Xx

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  35. I was really drawn in by these looks. If I were male, I'd want to look like this. I sort of want to look like this anyway, because the images are so magnetic. If we lived in a cooler climate, I'd get Mr.OM one (or six) of these jackets.

    (DK, I'm trying to keep up with you, but it's really difficult! I hope you will understand my slow pace.)

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  36. Aw, I love to see Canadian designers getting recognition abroad. (I live in the UK but I'm Canadian and it makes me proud.)

    I just noticed you have Mark Rothko in your inspirations and I think I just might love you. How many hours have you spent in the Rothko room at Tate Modern? I know he meant for the paintings to make the viewer feel sick but it's one of my most favourites places in the world.

    Denise ♥

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  37. very thoughtful post as always! hope you're having a good weekend.

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  38. SARS? no actually i love these haha

    great lookbook really!
    so SO glad you are well again :( had us all worried to death!

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  39. This makes me wish for winter! I desperately want to wear my leather jacket and a few other coats. Wishing you a lovely weekend xxo

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  40. Hey DK....long time no see!!! I love this line....I really love outerwear...it makes winter much more bearable when you have amazing coats...{and boots!}

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  41. Ooo this is an awesome photoshoot. I love the winter clothing :) I agree, very urban ninja. hehe

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  42. Those first few photos actually remind me of a men's army jacket I found at an antique store. I'm a tiny bit excited to wear it.

    Beautiful shots!

    * Kelsey

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  43. hope the hospitalvisit wasnt something serious and that you're alright !
    And really cool pictures.. really like 'em !!
    take care dear

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  44. Makes me wish I was a boy... maybe I'll have to cross-dress, eh?

    ~Faith

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