In anticipation of Chapter’s upcoming Autumn/Winter 2016 collection release [ ADMISSION ] , we first delve into the inspiration for the season. A look into the influences on art direction from Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation (1995) and Panos Cosmatos’ Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) – dramatic lighting and set design with exaggerated subculture and character references.
Inspired by the city of Los Angeles and its inclusive nature, Chapter’s Autumn/Winter 2016 [ ADMISSION ] revels in confidence, intention and the experience of finding yourself on a path lined with distractions that can be all consuming. The city has many nocturnal faces, each unearthing a subculture sought after by the individuals who seek to not only fulfill their personal ambitions but to encounter new experiences along the way.
The collection brings those elements of transformation and distraction to life with a new approach to familiar Chapter silhouettes. In a nod to the styling of the city’s mid to late 90’s swing revival, dropped rise pants feature a high-waisted silhouette developed both with a fuller leg and a more tapered fit. Woven and knit tops make use of understated paneling and color blocking; their silhouettes are shortened by raw, high-density overlock hems, adding an effortless element to a refined offering. By hand detailing brings two-face fabrics such as wool blended Melton into use while cashmere/wool knits and washed down linens add a new element of richness and simplicity. Outerwear is designed with familiar lines that are enhanced by subtle detailing that captures the thoughtful eye. Finally, the brand’s signature color palette is highlighted by a rich dark emerald green, clay and mud.