Woolrich Woolen Mills was our absolute favorite collection for Fall Winter 2010. Everything is black and vibrant blue with a little gray here and there, and the sheer variety in fabrics, styles and looks are exciting. Read more about the collection below and/or come in to check it out at The Field House this weekend

SIDE NOTE: Unfortunately, SS11 was a big letdown for us so this will be your last chance to pick up a Diaki Woolrich piece at Blackbird before Mark McNairy takes over designing the collection for FW11.

Daiki Suzuki’s Fall/Winter 2010 Woolrich Woolen Mills line is a parade of blacks and blues. Influenced by both the stark colors from late 1970’s and early 80’s designer labels like Comme des Garcons - an aesthetic he grew up with and learned much from - as well as his passion for Americana and Woolrich hunting plaids, Daiki Suzuki searched for a common ground and created a wholly new style that could be called “Dark Hunting” or “Hunting Noir.” As with past collections for Woolrich Woolen Mills, Daiki Suzuki has drawn upon the renowned heritage of Woolrich patterns and fabrics, using Hudson Bay stripes, hunting plaids, and herringbone all produced in the historic Woolrich, PA mills. However, by custom ordering these materials in a palate of black and blue with the compliment of charcoal grays, he marks a new, sharper stage in the Woolrich Woolen Mills tradition. Similarly divergent is his choice not to pre-wash the garments as he has for past seasons, thus creating more tailored lines and angles. Standouts among the diverse pieces in the collection include jeans in Woolrich wool-cotton blend denim, a toggled pea coat, and a sporting poncho. Returning from seasons past are the Upland Jacket, Stream Jacket, and Field Parka, all still in the rugged outdoors style but with a more tailored spin. Also look for hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants in custom print fabrics and knit cardigans, scarves, and hats using archival Woolrich sock patterns.

(photos courtesy of Woolrich; we will have out own up next week)