If Tony Wilson were here today, we would bet he’d love knowing that he has inspired the boys of Bespoken for their Spring 2012 collection. Walking down the hall towards their presentation, the walls were plastered with Factory Records posters. Progressing into the studio, we were greeted by bartenders mixing up some Bloody Mary’s before turning to face the rest of the set: a cluster of static filled televisions. Models (or “the beautiful boys” according to one Pier59 employee) walked out one by one, taking their place on risers and boxes with slightly varying heights which emitted a very industrial vibe.
While speaking with Sammy, one of Bespoken’s designers, we learned that many different washes were used to help the pieces achieve a worn-in appearance. Some of the fabrics used were poplin and cotton for the slick blazers and trousers. One of our favorite styling bits were the belts cinched around one arm of each model. Incredibly simple but it provided an additional layer of interest.
Another point worth talking about? The footwear. We’re a sucker for a good boot so we had to restrain ourselves from attacking the models to pry theirs off. The brand is now up to seven styles of shoes. The designers stayed busy giving interviews and discussing the collection with Nick Wooster of Gilt MAN. With a strong collection full of patterned wovens, scoop neck knits and hooded outerwear, we can fully imagine this collection being a massive hit with retailers. We’re currently staging our plan of attack to get a pair of those boots.