In her first collection for Diesel Black Gold, creative director Sophia Kokosalaki showed a predictable outing that married Diesel’s hard-edged urban vibe to her softer aesthetic. The brand staples in distressed denim or leather paired with pieces in fluid silk were a match made in heaven. Elegant pieces like a series of dresses and blouses featuring Kokosalaki’s signature swirls in intricate embroideries hinted at Black Gold’s upscale leanings, but it was the bread-and-butter pieces — great jeans, cool jackets and sexy dresses — that anchored the collection.


Men’s looks toggled between redneck and Goth style, an association that led to the sight of a mullet-haired fellow in a floor-length black netting dress. But the lineup mostly broke down to clean, versatile pieces with a tough edge, like flannel shirts, leather jackets and vests, and scoop-neck T-shirts. Jeans came in faded blue or pitch black, and were fashionably slim but not clingy.

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