Talking About The Abstraction AW15
For AW15 Talking About The Abstraction offer what appears to be an unusually small but typically diverse selection of apparel for men (based on the SS15 collection I previously viewed on Zozotown). This is my first real look into Talking About The Abstraction after happening upon their Summer collaboration with Tommy Boy Records and I have picked out the most compelling pieces to me.
First up are two contemporary outerwear options. The 'Twist Hood Parka' has an exaggerated neck, irregular hood and its cuffs and hem removed. This change in shape gives it a comfortable yet extraordinary look and a welcome deviation from the normal sportswear aesthetic usually associated with hoodies. Followed by the 'Military Patchwork Knit' which is made using sections of second hand military combat sweaters (from a variety of different countries). The nature of this method ensures the uniqueness of each individual sweater.
What I appreciate most about these pieces in particular are their having been reworked into something unconventional looking without making them unwearable.
Next onto the more traditional styling of the 'Jacquard Knit Parka' which looks to be a longer bodied more fitted option and the 'Jacquard Knit Cape' which has the added benefit of being reversible. Both share a Latin American influenced design, are made from 100% wool and will comfortably (and fashionably) see you through many winters to come.
As exquisitely finished and very practical as these pieces are you do run the risk of looking like Daryl from The Walking Dead.
As an added bonus I thought I'd mention the following t-shirt with a Skeleton and Rhinoceros graphic seemingly an homage to Rhino Records in Claremont, California. I'm intrigued to know the reason behind referencing the record store, however the graphic itself is engaging enough without the back story.
All apart from the Jacquard Parka (seems to be sold-out already!) are available directly from their online store - http://media.tata.co.jp/tagged/2015aw