Dirk Bikkembergs Menswear Fall 2006: The Running Man
Milan Menswear Show Fall 2006
By Mari Davis
Photos by Giovanni Pucci
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MILAN, Jan 17, 2006/ FW/ --- Sports is chic, and Dirk Bikkembergs, the crowned prince of sports couture is at the forefront of this new genre in fashion, where winning the gold is a by product of constant training, ergonomic clothing and modish styling.
Today, the sports hero is also a fashion figure, cutting a sophisticated and powerful image on and off the playing field. Dirk Bikkembergs choose to dress them, proposing high-tech and stylish apparel that can withstand the rigorous needs of a fine-tuned active body.
For Fall 2006, the Antwerp-based designer proposes ‘Chrono Couture,’ the futuristic reincarnation of the pocket watch, a time-honored element of male elegance.
In the third millennium version, it is a highly sophisticated chronograph that turns into a jewel-pocket in laser-cut rubber. Sewn into vests, baggy pullovers, the sleeves of leather jackets, it also becomes an MP3 holder.
The perfect accessory for the running man, the solitary athlete who works out in a treadmill or runs along the shore, even in a marathon – for him, Dirk Bikkembergs created sleek leggings that sometimes came with suspenders, ergonomic jogging pants worn under oversized sweaters.
Off the tracks, Dirk Bikkembergs dressed the running man in three-piece suits, taking into consideration his build – wide at the rounded shoulders, slim at the waist and hips. Trousers are snug fitting, once again emphasizing that perfectly tuned body of an athlete.
Coats are made of wool and cashmere, tailored, double-breasted with wide lapels. Leather jackets are oversized, cut just above the thighs, with multi-purpose pockets.
Bomber jackets are either in suede, for a more formal look. Yet, they also come down-filled made with high-tech fabric for warmth and active use.
The coup de grace, the running shoes, a surprise element in gold that comes in two versions: a more luxurious and classic model with new flair thanks to the active-sport detailing and the single jewel toe.
So, how should we call this collection?
Should it be Dirk Bikkembergs Fall 2006 / Winter 2007? Or, with all the high-tech elements, maybe the proper term should be Dirk Bikkembergs 2006.2 / 2007.1?