YSL and Atelier Will Teach You How to Zip Up: Down

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Published March 16, 2010

“The pieces represent a step forward in men’s dressing: less constriction and more fluidity. They are not concerned with gender stereotypes,” says stylist Karlo Steel, co-owner of New York boutique Atelier with art dealer Constantin von Haeften. And that does mean a cape-coat that zippers downward.

Atelier New York is the one-stop-shop for men with impeccable dark taste. And this season, the boutique has taken its ambitious stocklist (Ann Demulemeester, Comme des Garcons Homme and Damir Doma are just a few) to the next level  by collaborating on a line with YSL, the afforementionted non-gender-specific collection. Designed exclusively for Atelier by Stefano Pilati, the capsule collection features 129 immaculately draped and tailored pieces in grey and black cashmeres, cotton gabardine and light wool. Militaristic with an origami edge, the collection’s geometric drop-crotch pants, a coat with zipper detailing that flows into an extended collar and a an easy jacket that sweeps across the chest to be nipped and tucked by bronze-buckled belt are standouts. As a whole, the line puts a classic YSL spin on Atelier’s inherently New York aesthetic. And while the collection may not tickle the fancy of your standard “sport-jacket and trousers” kinda guy, the innovative looks are ideal for the self assured gentleman who’s not afraid to venture into the avant-garde. And if there’s any reason not be afraid, says Steel, “Of course, all of the pieces possess the quality that one would expect from Yves Saint Laurent.”

ATELIER NEW YORK IS LOCATED AT 304 HUDSON STREET, NEW YORK.