“From here, we’ve created this,” said Ben Taverniti in his Paris showroom, gesturing from the distressed bomber jacket and lace-up jeans that launched his brand a year ago, with a little help from the Kardashian clan (Taverniti is engaged Joyce Bonelli, who works with the family), to the racks of clothes heaving with his spring designs.
Taverniti, who comes from a streetwear background, likes to tinker with basics, this season honing in on deconstructed denim channeling a “Venice Beach in the Nineties” stance (denim jackets reworked as minis and new takes on the label’s inside-out jeans in neon hues. The designer is usually more black and white about things.)
Dressier elements still in keeping with the easy vibe included a deconstructed silk tux jacket with peekaboo openings at the shoulders. But even the casual elements were never sloppy, with roomy deconstructed T-shirts with cape volumes, silk hoodies and hooded sweatshirts with zips at the back to “show some skin without being naked.”
The line’s “layer-zero” bodysuits with shoulder pads can be worn under the T-shirts to change the attitude. Knits included boiled jacquard styles with rocker skull motifs and oversize, distressed DayGlo sweaters with a grunge feel.
“It’s all about extending and adding,” said the designer who, judging by the momentum of his fledgling label, is right on the money.