Jackets and coats can be rather drab when it comes to the new Winter season, and as the stores rails are awash of the ascertained comfort of navy blues and the safety of infallible blacks, the only degree of separation is the experimentation of new colour treatments, technical textures and scientific fabric finishes, these are all the things, that make Stone Island stand-out and are the thought leaders in conceptual brilliance – and although, yes there are staple hues of blues and blacks within the collection, the majority of the collection is vibrant, explosive in colour, and while retaining the core values of the brands technical supremacy, the luminosity in this outerwear, though the complex layering is a fantastic spectacle to behold.
The outerwear pieces resemble, what can only be described as, something you would wear on your first mission to Mars – and while carrying on with the confectionary conundrum, Quality Street sweet wrappers resemble the metallic foil layered colour range in new collection – jackets that are a delectable treat, that will have you be revelling for more.
The technical premise that bears the design ethos of the founder and supremo, Massimo Osti whose design influence is apparent here in the brand he built-up. This is a Stone Island collection that displays a masterclass in specialised surface treatment, technical luxe fabrics and a dyeing technique that just tips right off the richter scale.
One of the special projects that makes-up part of the Stone Island collection is the Poly Cover Set, a jacket shell made in garment dyed polyethylene film with three different detachable and interchangeable linings, fleece, knit and faux fur with silver outer face. The metallic Raso Gommato cover jacket is also the big story this season for Stone Island.
The metallic cover takes on a shiny foil-like appearance and come in a range of specific formula dyes including citrine orange, space silver, emerald green and topaz blue.
Another method divine intervention is the hidden reflective, that features on the black padded vest and jacket. A fully printed, matte black finish that hides the reflectivity on the underlying material.
The appearance only resurfaces when in use. The logo uses a laser technique that removes the finish to remove the reflective material, while the internal material used, a premium down is perfect for extreme cold weather. Parka’s are made with a canvas and incorporated with the lightest fibre in the world Polypropylene, the very bulky appearance is feather light while remaining super warm.