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ROCHAMBEAU: Futuristic Grunge

From the looks of its Fall Winter 2012 collection, Rochambeau is still way ahead of the pack.

Words: Fashion staff
Images: Courtesy of Rochambeau

Has the future of menswear gone mad? Looking at Rochambeau‘s Fall Winter 2012 collection, it’s simply gone cult. At least that’s what this season’s looks, designed by long-time comrades-turned-printers-cum-couturiers Joshua Cooper and Laurence Chandler, are giving us. Leather (sometimes just accents, sometimes the entire garment) and much layering are the call of duty here, as are knee-high boots and asymmetrical lines. With black, charcoal, plum and more black as their go-to colors, the collection by the fashion savvy, now 30-somethings is less Beyond Thunderdome and more akin to what one might expect a handsomely-paid, long-haired Kurt Cobain (or a fashion-forward Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn) to wear in 2012, if he were still alive (RIP).

It’s cultural, edgy, daring and unthinkable. Clean, fussy, wild and brazen. That seems to be the wave of the future coming this Fall by Rochambeau. And we’re kind of happy that menswear lines like theirs are stepping up and creatively inspiring us to push fashion forward. Their creative re-imaginings are actually doing more for us than womenswear is doing at the moment (especially on the runway), go figure. So in the case of 4-year old Rochambeau, their winning strategy is strikingly obvious; the design duo are still holding onto something that other lines—for him or for her— have long-forgotten: How to have fun.

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To see seasons past, visit Rochambeau’s site, HERE.

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