Fashion appreciates a good narrative. For spring 2019, menswear brand Cottweiler presented a story of a collection—upon which this season’s man was an emo goth who went to therapy and finally saw the bright colors of life. Such a tale came when the brand’s designers, Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty, went to a therapy retreat in Australia to get inspiration for this collection. Picture it: the man, in the beginning, wore monochromatic black leather outfits such as scrunched-up tracksuits, cropped jackets, netted t-shirts, and mini-running shorts. But then, out of the blue, here he comes dressed in an unbuttoned, white-to-plum gradient silk shirt paired with lilac leather trousers. The colors then went on to sky-blue, wheat yellow, and sunshine gold by the end—hues that depict happiness and jovial splendor. One would think that the latter looks looked far from the black leather parade that started the show, but this London-based label, with their expert skills in cutting and playing with menswear shapes, was able to harmonize all the outfits together to create a cohesive collection. Men are bound to relax even more in these pieces come springtime next year.
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