Replay & Sons’ fall-winter collection 2016-17 is an attractive concoction of heritage, contemporary and forward-looking style. Iconic pieces in denim, leather, plaid and shirt fabric are reimagined and put into new contexts, fusing them with new trends like sportswear, glam, military and boho. The brand’s instinctive flair for technology reinvigorates them. As such, Replay’s biker origins are toned down as it shifts towards a more metropolitan athleisure look with a clear nod to tailoring and cosmopolitan style. All the while, it never takes its eye off the future or its environmental impact. Heritage, research, innovation, and the interplay of styles and media are the hallmarks of this highly contemporary and dynamic collection of nonconformist, sophisticated streetwear.
For the boys, the city biker is depicted in faux leather teamed with other materials, skull, tattoo, car and motorcycle prints, and ripped denim. Garments are constructed for a close fit. Sportswear is interpreted using prints from sports kits in sweatshirt fleece and nylon, and with Eco Down and Thermore insulation technology. The padding used in our quilted jackets is as light as a feather, capable of conserving body temperature, while their minimal bulk allows for full freedom of movement. Military influences can be detected in parkas, bomber jackets, cargo pants and the use of army green, whereas glamourous elements stand out in shirts, unstructured jackets and low-crotch chinos. Finally, boho accents appear in checked wool, suede patches and fluffy jacquard knitwear.
The collection is defined by its alternating mix of sweatshirt fleece, jersey, wool, nylon, garment-dyed stretch satin with crease effect and gabardine with a vintage finish. These materials come together in black, grey marl, royal and inky blue, plum, red, pumpkin and white, with bright green and orange in prints and on motifs. Everything is combined with a mix of motifs, patches, raw-cut edges and appliqués. Prints come in everything from biker designs and cars with skulls, to large tattoo-style animals, and from fine checks to jacquard designs and lettering.
FOCUS: parkas come with lettering printed on the back, or in checked wool with faux leather sleeves. Continuing with outerwear, bomber jackets come in nylon satin and short jackets in cutting-edge Eco Down and Thermore, some with contrast hoods. More glamourous options include unstructured wool blazers with raw-cut edges. Checks make another appearance on our shirts, this time with attractive suede elbow patches. Meanwhile sweatshirts are inspired by the military look, with handy breast pockets and faux leather or muted camouflage inserts.
This mix-up of styles is also typical of our DENIM for him range, where there is a clear meeting of technology and craftsmanship. On the one hand Hyperflex and Hyperfree, with their extreme performance in elasticity and comfort, are at the cutting-edge of denim. On the other hand, our denim is distressed by hand to create creases, whiskers, 3D effects, rips, and to add patches and motifs. Colours range from blues of every tone, resulting from washes that give denim a worn look, to the intense black to black. The most on-trend fits are slim, super slim and low crotch.
For the girls too, the biker look goes hand-in-hand with a mix-up of materials like faux leather, illustrated skull prints and coloured micro studs. The dynamic sportswear trend comes into its own with sweatshirt mini-dresses, basketball-inspired culottes and of course, eco-friendly Duck free and Thermore quilted jackets. Meanwhile the glam look gives a tailored feel with pleated skirts, burnout velvet, wool coats and exquisite sparkling jewel details. Plaid, wool maxi skirts, fringed coats and ponchos, and fluffy knitwear all express the cosmopolitan heart of the boho look. Military details are detectable in parkas, bomber jackets and the use of army green.
Inspiration and materials come together in combinations of faux leather, denim, wool, jersey, nylon, sweatshirt fleece and a new matelassé jersey. The colour palette reveals blacks, blues, grey marl, army green, pink, fuchsia, red and royal blue. On to these colours we place micro studs, rhinestones, sequins, glitter, towelling appliqués, flock, iridescent foil and micro beads. Of course, there are all sorts of prints in comic book style, of illustrated skulls, jewels, lettering, geometric stars and repeated patterns.
FOCUS: in outerwear, parkas come with towelling appliqués or large prints on the back. Additionally, there are coats with shawl collars trimmed with faux leather fringes, oversize coats in pastel tones and wool ponchos which also have fringes. Army green bomber jackets and eco-friendly quilted jackets are great for being active. A matching sweatshirt and box-pleat skirt blend matelassé fabric with faux leather. Then there is a two-layered dress in sweatshirt fleece of different lengths and a check wool dress with fringing and a front zip. Culottes range from faux leather and a lighter version in cotton plissé, to maxi culottes in a wool check. Exquisite sweatshirts come with sequins or shimmer finishes, and knitwear has coated metallic finishes or lurex panels.
Technology and craftsmanship are also key in our DENIM for her range. Hyperflex comes in a girls’ version, alongside our new Hyperskin fabric. This super soft and highly elastic denim makes our leggings supremely comfortable and feminine. Then the craftsmanship that goes into hand darning and stitching our black denim with shiny gold thread really sets it off. The same worn look is also great on blue denim with micro patches, sequin motifs, darning and plaid patches, not forgetting coloured bull power stretch denim.