ALD's Sophomore Collection Hits All The Right Notes
By: Cameron Wolf | Photographer: Courtesy of Aimé Leon Dore
July 24, 2014
Sometimes, timing really can be everything. While Aimé Leon Dore’s basics are worth celebrating in any era, we can’t think of any other time than now that would be more inclined to lose their minds over Teddy Santis’ meticulously made essentials. The typically, quick-swiping, mindless scrolling minds of the Internet have collectively come together to drool over this. While the success of “plainness” in this temporary reign of normcore, is not unprecedented, it’s ALD’s ability to captivate with such a restrained hand that has got us all talking.
ALD’s Pre-Fall ’15 collection is incredibly controlled and forward thinking, especially for a collection that doesn’t look further than crewneck sweaters, parkas, shorts, hoodies, tanks and tees. The color palette is as versatile as any Pre-Fall collection could hope: the standard grey and navy, and the fashionable burgundy and cream are the other two Santis focuses on. Santis uses the lookbook to illustrate why he most likely landed on these colors: they are essentially interchangeable. All the colors seem to go with everything; it’s hard to imagine an outfit where a touch of burgundy would be out of place, and that’s the most audacious shade of the bunch.
Shirts, crewneck sweaters, shorts, and parkas are not what they seem at first glance in ALD’s lookbook. Impeccably tailored and slim-cut tees and a denim shirt are gifted breathing room with Santis’ split hems on the side. T-shirts are made with soft terry cloth, shorts’ seams are unrefined (standing in stark contrast to the rest of the refined details), and parkas sit close to the body, but vented in the back for cool effect and full movement.
Teddy Santis thought of everything for Aimé Leon Dore Pre-Fall ’15, and now we can’t help but agonize over the details as much as he did. Click through the gallery above to see what we mean.