Nov 01, 2017 | By Nick Paget
ROMANCING THE UNIFORM
New York: Patrik Ervell has a knack for making romance out of utilitarian basics. For F/W 11, his inspiration came from Air Force uniforms and the robust comfort associated with them. A runway made up of translucent parachutes reflected the surprising and awe-inspiring airiness of unconstructed tweed suits, silk bomber jackets and flannel ponchos. The designer – whose penchant for contemporary art shows in his choices of color, proportion and material – understands how to move workwear forward, pulling in a strong undertone of modern minimalism in the process.
Color: Uniform grey, navy and olive / Khaki / Black / Air Force blue
Key Items: Unconstructed suits / Fair Isle cardigan / Bomber jackets / Crisp white shirts / Cotton flight suits / Flannel poncho / Woven hoodies / Baseball jacket / Knit pants
Materials: Tweed / Wool flannel / Latex / Wool gabardine / Pleather / Cotton poplin / Jersey
Details + Trim: “Billowing” silhouettes / Watercolor effects on silk / Small pleats / Throat tabs / Club collars on shirts / Drawstrings / Exposed zippers
Accessories + Footwear: Cadet caps / Parachute strap belts / Utility pockets / Thick-soled boat shoes by Sperry
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