Verlaine’s Fall/Winter collection for the 2012 season is symbolic of the poet to whom the brand owes its namesake. Sophisticated Lower East Side grunge meets Parisian gothic for this nearly all-black display, composed of velvet motorcycle jackets, corset dresses, a cashmere dolman-sleeved hoodie, cigarette pants and a “volcano” coat.

Paul Verlaine is revered as a developer of the late nineteenth-century art movement of symbolism, and the New York based line invokes his poetry’s form. With an emphasis on the subconscious and an elevation of the humble and ordinary, the symbolist movement also focused on detachment, hermitism and isolationism with an end-of-the-century “world-weariness.” The darkness can be wrapped up in Verlaine’s statement piece: a quilted, velvet “cocoon” coat.

Watch model Aline Weber for Verlaine Fall/Winter 2012.

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