Spring’s New Sultans of Swing

A Mongonlian sheepskin coverup by DROMe

DROMe’s #FW15 Ready-to-Wear debuts include this Mongolian sheepskin wrap.

Italian fashion label DROMe sheathed its models in super-thin flowing leathers and swathes of shaggy hide for its Fall/Winter 2015 ready-to-wear runway show in Paris last month (you can watch the video of the unveiling of the full collection on the DROMe home page).

The creative mind behind the designs, Marianna Rosati, credits Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf’s imagery as her inspiration for the cold-weather wear, describing the hide-clad models as speaking “a non-emotion” that is “sophisticated, provocative and sensual.” She adds, “They decide to wear leather only, thus unveiling endless nuances, emotional tensions, unsaid words, mystery, suggestion, intuition.”

Rosati sees these ensembles as achieving a balance between clamor and silence, between emptiness and fullness, or, in even more contradictory terms, a combination of order and anarchy that has created an essential aesthetic.

Mid-century modern upholstery fabrics served as the inspiration for the geometrical microprint, while a number of noteworthy hides bring a sumptuous feel to the edgy collection, including sleek Nappa leather, slit to create movement; flounces of Mongolian sheepskin; and dyed patent leather—a nod to the 1970s. Also meant to echo the retro era were voluminous bell-bottoms and platform shoes. Le freak c’est chic!

I’d noted the collection filled with animal skins when the email came through announcing the March 5th debut, filing the images away to see if any design introductions sprouted up with a similar feel. Within a few weeks, the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring 2015 catalog landed in my mailbox and, low and behold, what is on the cover but a swinging chair, the Bastille, with a Tibetan lambswool seat that feels as if it was ripped from the fashion headlines!

Enter to win a Bastille chair from the sultans of swing

The swinging Bastille chair; image by Hunter Melrose.

A Q&A in the front of the MG+BW catalog echoes Rosati’s vintage-fueled attitude, particularly the answer to the question, “Where does your inspiration come from?” Bob answers, “So many places. Fashion is a great source. For instance, we saw great runway looks inspired by the 70s, a period we love.” Among these were Tibetan wool vests, which they emulated by accenting chairs and ottomans with Tibetan lambswool to add sexy texture to the furniture.

MG+BW's Ansel chair

The Ansel chair with a black frame; image by Reese Honore.

These textural pieces include the Bastille chair, the Otto Cube ottoman, the Ansel chair (with completely different personalities depending upon whether it has a black or a brass frame) and the Kira cocktail ottoman. The Bruno swivel chair covered in shearling is a sexy shorthaired big brother to the wild and woolier introductions.

Otto Cube ottomans by MG+BW

The Otto Cube ottomans kicky cool at the foot of the Layla bed; image by Layla Beau.

If seeing the Bastille chair made you itch to dig out those platforms and bell-bottoms you have hidden way in the back of your closet, I have some incredible news for you: you can win one for your own man- or woman-cave (or oh so chic living room).

The shearling-covered Bruno chair

The Bruno swivel chair (right) covered in shearling; image by Fernando Vienna.

As I’m told, customers in the company’s Signature Stores across the country inspired the idea. The chair has proved to be quite irresistible, and seeing how everyone just had to sit in it and swing, MG+BW decided they’d give someone a chance to win it in a random drawing, but only if he or she steps up and grabs his or her fifteen minutes of fame (It’s Productrazzi; I couldn’t resist!).

MG+BW's Kira Cocktail Ottoman

Kira Cocktail ottoman in the MG+BW Spring 2015 Collection; image by Fiona Fairbanks.

“We enjoy injecting a little fun into our décor and Bastille is one of those show-stopping pieces you can’t help but notice,” co-founder and president of design Bob Williams said. Riffing on the Bastille’s 70s-worthy flashback, might I suggest we give this design-savvy duo a new nickname? I like the ring of the New Sultans of Swing, don’t you?

See the entry details and rules below, after you enjoy the 1978 Dire Straits video of the band performing the popular number, of course!

Follow these steps to enter, and be sure to read the rules/details below the instructions before rushing out the door:

Visit one of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Stores in the continental U.S. Take your picture nestled into or perched upon the Bastille, or have someone else take it if selfies are not your thang.

Post it on Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #WinBastilleChair and @MGBWhome between March 27, 2015, and April 27, 2015.

If you don’t have a Twitter or an Instagram account, or if your account isn’t public, you can enter by way of the MG+BW home page. Once your photo is reviewed and accepted, you’ll be notified via the channel you entered (Twitter, Instagram or email), and your photo will be included in the MG+BW Contest Gallery. Once you are notified, simply claim your photo by providing your email, and feel free to share your photo via social media and/or email.


There is only one entry per person allowed, and only one winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced on April 30th on the MG+BW home page. Only residents of the Continental US who are at least 18 years old can enter, and the promotion is not open to residents of Puerto Rico, Canada or Mexico. You can see all of the official rules online.

Text of Spring’s New Sultans of Swing © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here and Stranded on the Road to Promise. Saxon is also the co-founder of Sharktooth Press. She also produces The Diary of an Improvateur and is a columnist on Architizer.