Great photo from Pipeline
I have a love/hate relationship with muted colours. Maybe because I don’t have the right look to wear them (some guys can look good in anything!) but I wear them anyway to shake things up. When I do sport something less solid or pure, I still feel sophisticated but sporty at the same time. I can’t explain it. Canvas, pastels, khaki, greys and off-whites are just the perfect palette for this fall. Last winter, I wore a lot of lighter fabrics and softer tones like light blue striped shirts, wrinkled camel sweaters, caramel jeans, distressed cottons…. Pairing them with a strong ski jacket, fuzzy cashmere scarves, dark pants and sometimes a chunky wool duffel. I even wore seeksucker in the middle of December.
Of course, instead of being hit with snowballs and wet flurries, I was mostly subjected to being pelted by negative reactions:
In reference to a jacket I wore to some bar: “Seersucker is so inappropriate right now!”
In reference to a light suit I wore to a wine tasting: “Are you trying to be ironic?”
In reference to a flesh coloured v-neck sweater I wore: “You look like you’re not wearing a shirt!”
I was surprised at all the efforts being made to point out that I was breaking some kind of unsaid societal code for dressing appropriately. This wasn’t jeans at a wedding or a hat at a funeral. This was just me being me: enjoying fashion.
This fall will be a light winter. And I’m not referring to the forecast but the colour palettes seen at the collections. Patrik Ervell is one of my favourites, championing off tones but using sharp athletic cuts…
I think the colour of this anorak is super cool, especially the yellow ochre Velcro detailing.
I enjoy this tweed + Dwight Shrutish buttoned up shirt combo.
This is a very interesting cut for a coat as it’s cut to be slightly baggier but still create sharp lines.
The speckly wool reminds me of the pencil skirts our grade school teachers used to wear in the 80’s, paired with a white blouse. I also really love this colour. It’s almost the colour of a California Raisin.
I can see myself in this. Despite this post, I will always love a punch of colour.
Make sure to check out his excellent Spring/Summer 2009 Collection as well.
His muse is the interesting new Russian kid who joins your 5th grade class, three months in. Ervell’s sensibilities are definitely out there but his silhouettes are just so adorable compared to all the Americana out there. A breath of fresh (winter) air.