[NEW YORK CITY.] Fashion shows aren’t just to go look at clothes it’s a time to get a glimpse into the emotions of some of the worlds most creative minds. It’s highly educational with the backstory from where inspiration is pulled from like ‘Brutalist architecture’ the mid to late 20th century is contributed to the main experimental process this season with raw fabrics. As a menswear line Ervell put together dramatic silhouettes -unusual for the modern guy- that he identifies as a blend of nostalgia and futurism. In Ervell’s statement he mentioned “For me, the aesthetic of Brutalism doesn’t read as cold or institutional, but rather it projects an honesty in its purpose, preferring to showcase designs and intention.”
Before the show began I got to hang out backstage with some of the models as preparation consisted of hungry models eating pizza and drooling over the newest sneaker-heads obsession released earlier this week. As I gawked over the Brutalist collection my first impressions were grab the coat [from look 21] and run, run as fast as I could but then I quickly came to my senses and admired some of the textures as Ervell explained that some of his materials he had previously made a few seasons ago and brought to life this season. It’s still hard for me to except the shoes he used for the presentation that were oversized and resembled cartoonish shoes but hey “it’s called fashion look it up.”
The mechanics jacket in deep teal wool from look 12 has me regretting that I didn’t follow through with hijacking coats. Also the vented track pant in anthracite flight nylon is a huge favourite of mine. The way it shines with an elastic ankle hem is what my closet is missing along with the pullover fleece in ikat print wool from look 9. The collection definitely displayed all the right points in strength, durability and functionality.
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