Even by Stone Island’s stellar standards, Autumn/Winter ’18 has been a particularly strong season: we’ve already seen classic pieces like the David-TC parka in bold new colourways; the highly tactile, velvet-feel Lamy Flock in various forms; and the eye-popping White Tiger Camo collection. Now the sportswear maestros present this highly-limited capsule of outerwear crafted from a combination of an iridescent nylon tela with Reflex Mat reflective sections ensuring a dazzling look whether day or night.
The tela is one of the technical fabrics that Stone Island excel at: highly resistant to weather with a unique handle and saturated colour thanks to the high-pressure dyeing process. This gold number holds a difference in that is it bonded to a rose-gold iridescent film for a subtle colour change as it catches the light, lending a pearl-like sheen to the surface. Meanwhile, the Reflex Mat fabric is yet another weather-resistant fabric that is hand-enriched with glass microspheres, lending it highly reflective properties in low light while remaining matte indirect light. This is a time-consuming and labour-intensive process, but it exemplifies the brand’s commitment to fabric innovation and quality.
The pieces themselves are beautiful in their own right: the capsule includes a gilet and a pullover, funnel-neck smock, but the standout piece is the full-fat Parka. A mid-length design that boasts a plethora of pockets, sheathes and pouches, some concealed by Velcro panels, the Parka also boasts a fully-removable (and reversible!) bomber-style liner jacket with a pile-fleece facing for exceptional warmth that can be worn as a standalone piece. The level of detailing and craft on show makes this drop a highlight of the season’s offerings – earning them the Limited Edition designation that is denoted by the special white-on-black “Champagne Piece” Compass badge.
As expected of such high-calibre pieces, each is strictly limited in number. The capsule will be available at Aphrodite from the 4th of October at 9 AM in-store, with any remaining stock available online from 3 pm the same day.