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Patrik Ervell

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New York’s favorite indie designer, Patrik Ervell, presented a S/S 10 collection full of focused ideas. Inspired by the “oxidation and decay of Americana,” the designer looked to old tin roofs, rusted buildings and railroad tracks, which resulted in innovative stains on tailored clothing and wovens. Ervell’s method of staining the fabric involved spreading out tiny metal shavings on the fabric, soaking it in a saline solution, then leaving it to sit for a week. The science experiment certainly paid off, creating a fascinating patina of bronze and copper, and becoming one of the strongest pattern ideas since last fall’s marble effect at Jil Sander. The sky blue, mint green and khaki color palette was a gentle contrast to the aggressive treatments. Washed chambray was also an important element on pants and shirts, giving into the “things of the past” theme.

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