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                                                                                                                                                      Fall 2012

                                                                                                                                                      Timo Weiland Fall 2012

                                                                                                                                                      WORDS - COURTNEY PORKOLÁB, PHOTOS COURTESY TIMO WEILAND

                                                                                                                                                      Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein’s ‘Orbital Romance’ collection led us on a nostalgia-packed sojourn to the post-punk NYC era where defiant youth dreamt romantic notions of the great unknown. Giving a nod to Grunge, pink locked Charlotte Free opened the show and the references didn’t stop there. The zeitgeist of the anti-conformist 90’s was alive and well in plaids, velvet, cropped sweaters, halter necks, maxi skirts and slip dresses. But this wasn’t quite the Teen Spirit we all knew and loved—it was revamped with deluxe detailing such as fur trims, leather bodices and digitalized floral and planetary prints (which Weiland and Eckstein have done well in the past). Layering was seen throughout but rather in a svelte, not slacker, manner. The minimally cut dresses, especially the oxblood velvet dress with leather bodice that closed the show, definitely added a level of sophistication.

                                                                                                                                                      The menswear styles, on the other hand, had much more of a contemporary feel and included well-tailored wardrobe staples: button-downs, dress pants, duffle jackets and hoodies. Cool prints, such as abstract floral work shirts and pants, and unexpected details; such as tuxedo pants featuring an inside stripe rather than outer, kept the styles hip.