Originally published online by F Word Magazine.
The designers behind the re-envisioned tracksuits of Cottweiler, Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell, imagined for themselves a remote beach resort, in some years time, abandoned and in ruins, for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection, a milestone moment marking not only their quickly expanding label but also their runway debut.
Sponsored by Topman’s “NewGen Men” program, this emerging British label has sparked beauty in the face of a dystopian future with a lineup of tracksuits, knit jogging pants and sweatshirts treated with lace embellishments. The runway, covered with powdered and broken pink ceramic pottery, paved the way for the unveiling of this season’s updated tracksuit and its many variations, including tracksuits, blazer and shorts made from a transparent Italian linen.
Overall a rather sporty lineup of earth tones and soft blues, the textures throughout the collection were an absolute beauty to behold. I’m not sure how they manage to find time to conduct research on new materials and textiles, but what they find is stunning: linen adding texture as chevrons on shirts, as stripes down the side of tracksuit bottoms and on a sweatshirt; jogging pants and a jacket made in a light white knit; and tracksuits and sweatshirts adorned with lace embellishments.
I first fell in love with Cottweiler after their Autumn/Winter 2016 presentation during London Collections: Men in January, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited and proud to see how Dainty and Cottrell are growing as designers. Whenever I’m talking about which emerging labels are most worth following, Cottweiler is easily one of the first labels mentioned — and they really are.
Trust me, if you’re not already a fan, you will be soon.
Photos: Courtesy of Cottweiler