A-COLD-WALL* Paris SS23 Paris Debut Collection

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Samuel Ross’ decision to show in Paris for the Spring-Summer 2023 season was a calculated and innovative decision for A-COLD-WALL*. This debut collection from the brand shown in the fashion capital marked a demonstration of tech-cool, high-performance apparel as well as the reveal of an exclusive Timberland collaboration.

ACW*’s debut in Paris did not consist of a traditional fashion show, but rather used an installation space with garments suspended in the air, allowing individuals to view the collection up close. Merino knits, loopback jerseys, treated cotton and stained fabrics were presented in the form of vests, car coats, puffer jackets and painted denims.

Understated colors including cool blue, yellow, grey, white, beige and black dominated the collection, while shoe silhouettes followed in a similar hue, as the brand’s partnership with Dr. Marten’s has resurfaced for a fifth iteration.

The ACW* x Timberland collaboration features a navy Sebago-style loafer with matching eyelet and lace-up detailing, side logo placement and a contrasting light gray outsole. On the ready-to-wear side, a Havana quilted vest and a Havana treated cotton parka (with logo placement on the back), set the tone for the collection pieces that will be released soon.

Speaking to HYPEBEAST about the design approach for SS23, Ross says, “We’re developing mods within the brand itself, and being very logical before we jump into a hyper expressive search for ideas. ”

“It’s our form of storytelling between the main season and a pre-season, and there’s more to come,” he adds.

Elsewhere in menswear week, Casablanca’s SS23 collection takes fashion to Mexico’s western frontier.

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