The COS Autumn Winter 2018 season takes inspiration from two pronounced themes inspired by interdisciplinary research: real or imagined nature and processes which refine the raw. The result is a collection of classic wardrobe pieces with altered proportions and innovative materials that celebrate hybrid, sculptural forms.
Exploring the juxtaposition of the metropolitan and the natural environment acted as a starting point for the design process and translates into the collection through protective and textured garments, bringing the outdoors to the urban. Modular menswear pieces, reminiscent of technical, performance clothing sit alongside elongated women’s gloves, offering a modern take on protection from the elements.
Framed by a colour palette that reflects the contrasting themes, the season is made up of nature-inspired tones of green and brown, punctuated with sulphur and muted lilac alongside colder, industrial hues of grey, off-white and petrol.
The collection introduces new silhouettes – in womenswear a knitted dress in sea moss green features organic ribs, exaggerating the ergonomic shape of the elbows, whilst a felted wool pea coat in sulphur melange, paired with trousers and a technical shirt, offers a fresh take on proportions. Hems and waistbands have been redefined as they go from high to low, characterised in some garments by a clearly defined waist, a nod to the silhouette produced by an apron.
Imperfection and rawness is celebrated and refined throughout – across menswear the use of contrasting materials and shapes is a defining theme. A lightly padded thermoreactive jacket in titanium grey epitomises the use of innovative fabrics, whilst a layered composition featuring elongated sleeveless knitwear paired with a textured shirt and wide leg jersey trousers, typifies the bold and unexpected use of form in the collection.
The garments are complemented by a range of hybrid accessories; a heel with a distinctive track sole and a reimagined Wellington boot, both in a high shine leather, for women, and square-toe leather zip boots for men. Key functional pieces include a cube-shaped collapsible leather bag, oversized shopper and felted wool backpack, all in taupe. Jewellery is epitomised by corrugated sterling silver earrings.
Childrenswear reflects the season’s inspirations with garments featuring innovative materials and the same nature-inspired hues set against a colder palette. The lightly padded technical hooded jacket in mist grey and the draped felted wool dress in sulphur melange, encapsulate the distinctive mood and direction of the season.