Oomph from Ervell

February 6, 2008
There is a common misconception a great many people possess, that the preferred aesthetic of many an NY-showing designer is nondescript, puritan-plain neutrality. And who am I to deem them wrong? Fashion is after all, subjective. I really don’t think its disputable, though, that this acute reservedness was almost rife in Patrik Ervell’s FW 0809 collection.

Save for one detail, one glorious, luxuriant detail – gold. Yes, gold was what saved – for me – Patrik Ervell’s collection, well not saved it from condemnation as such, more saved it from serving as an embodiment of that notion that menswear dictates conservativeness and abstention. It was, instead, a symbol of visual splendour.

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A note on the title. If “oomph” is good enough for Tim Blanks, “oomph” is sufficient for me.

Images from Men’s Style

  • MR style February 7, 2008 at 6:01 am

    i just love his work on the fabric, on the tissue !! definitely somethin in the air of time ! like burberry too

  • Imelda Matt February 7, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Overall NY fashion week is a sea of mediocrity and to my own detriment I bypass in favour of London. So this sprinkle of gold dust has forced me to back track to see what I’ve missed.

  • susie_bubble February 7, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Interesting designs… definitely overlooked this one!

  • Thomas February 8, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I want that cardigan in the worst way. The worst way being credit. (What, you thought I meant something else?)

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  • Bobble Bee February 9, 2008 at 1:59 am

    I love the golden touch, really nice the last jacket.

  • riz February 9, 2008 at 6:00 am

    great post – i really like the last ensemble. the presentation, i.e. styling also seems impeccable. you know some shows have great clothes, but the styling is off – which is why i mentioned it.

  • Dustcakeboy February 9, 2008 at 8:56 am

    riz: Too true, it’s happened a number of times that quality collections have been rendered flaccid by inadequate styling. I find NY designers rarely have that problem./DCB.