Hélas, I’m now bound to lead an undergrad-life abounding with people exclaiming “Oh! You must do Fassbinder all the time!” or uttering in a thoroughly derogatory fashion “So…you can be a german-film director…”. Anywhat, I’m still able to enjoy the ‘artistic’ juxtapositions that form the background to the lookbook images of Nicolas Petrou‘s SS10 menswear collection regardless of whether or not I can dissect them critically. Cypriot Petrou is a CSM alumnus who’s been occupying his time in NYC by offering his talents to an array of other design companies. Were I to ask if his decision to concentrate more fiercely on his eponymous line was worth it I don’t doubt the response would be a unanimous and resounding, yes.
Granted it could be the lookbook art-bordering-on-alchemy that’s got me enamoured of his work, but I’d dare say I’d wear any of this with-or-without a collage-backdrop (though somehow I’m thinking ‘with’ could be a potential logistical disaster…? Don’t fancy attaching door-sized backdrops in an attempt to accessorise just yet.). Cropped-sleeve suits, disco-knees, lapels and pocket-panels as well as surprisingly successful fabric/pattern contrasts (that check bib on an otherwise sober grey shirt) make up the memorable aspects of Petrou’s SS10 offering. And, of course, a witty take on the ubiquitous “Enjoy Coke” logo. Go figure.