“To boldly go where no designer has gone before”
It’s no secret, we love Brian Wood. Each time we share his work, we find ourselves more intrigued – more in love with this designer’s discipline, with his vision. This time, he takes his work to the stars. Here, Brian shares the secrets behind his Fall 2013 collection, inspired by the outer reaches of space, realized in a collection that highlights beautiful new silhouettes, new materials and fabrics.
Please tell us a little bit about the creation of this collection, the inspiration
“blackTop Astronauts”: don’t trust Saturn
Initially Blacktop Astronauts was conceived in late 2009 for my fall/winter 2010 collection. I was forced to shelf the concept due to a serious knee injury. After the re-launch of my mainline menswear collection in 2012, I felt the public would be ready for blackTop Astronauts in 2013!
The collection is an unknown mystery amongst us. Something we see but yet cannot fully understand or comprehend.
The experience was a roller coaster with a lot of late nights! A majority of my time is devoted to BWOOD & PANTY RAIDERS so “blacktop astronauts” was completed from the initial stage of sketches to the final completion of the samples in less than 3 1/2 months. The collection and presentation were entirely produced in house with no outside sponsorship, I am really proud of my team for putting together an amazing installation.
I really feel like everyone that attended the installation left inspired.
What does this particular collection mean to you as the designer?
Blacktop Astronauts resides in a special place in my heart, for me it has been one of the most cohesive and complete collections that I have designed to date. This collection has a personal touch with hand bleach/dip-dyed treatments and a custom designed cosmic striped rib knit trim.
Are there any interesting details, sourcing, materials or other secrets of the studio we might share? Perhaps one look in particular you would like to highlight?
Blacktop Astronauts is a fusion of active- wear, high fashion and street lifestyle.
I truly wanted to design pieces that were both function + fashion. Fabrications included water repellant/wind proof nylon/pu blends, 3m thinsulate insulation, wool/nylon bouclet, wool jersey, wool flannel, and a heavy weight cotton fleece. Just selecting the correct fusible for interfacings on the various performance fabrics was quite a challenge. I developed a 3 color (neon orange, jade, raspberry) striped rib knit trim that was used to tie the collection together. Silver Metallic, Safety Orange, Black, Graphite Moon, and a Cosmic bleached/dyed effect were the palette of choice this season.
I absolutely love the hand bleached/dip-dyed pieces. I locked myself in the house one weekend and had a blast experimenting, it really gives off a cosmic intergalactic feel!
What other type of art has inspired you recently? Any details you can share about how it found its way into your work?
On a recent trip to the Whitney I saw works from 20th century American artist Jay Defeo. Defeo’s work has amazing texture, she resisted ‘the hierarchy of materials” instead she experimented with unorthodox materials in her work. Her pieces were abstract but with just a little imagination you can easily transform her art into something of an alien cosmic quality
What can we expect from you in 2013?
No Deal! Design 2 inspire
A NYC mid July Brian Wood concept shop, a fall 2013 Los Angeles “Panty Raider” mansion party, Spring 2014 collection… the release of Blacktop Astronauts under my secondary line B WOOD in late August… I also plan to produce 6 styles from each mainline collection + sell them exclusively through my concept shops and web-store.