Photography: Lane Lang
Patrik Ervell takes a much more classic approach to menswear than a lot of other designers who play with the binary. But that doesn’t make it any less interesting. And in a time where everything is about breaking rules, following them feels even more radical. Or at least, it did at the Patrik Ervell S/S ’18 presentation. As other designers sent dresses down the runway, emblazoned with hyper-political slogans, Ervell stuck to fabrics and shapes.
“I think fashion is a terrible medium to address politics,” he explained. “It’s not a good medium to use for political statements. I mean, I have strong political opinions, but I don’t know that they express themselves in my clothes.”
Instead, the designer was inspired by 1980s San Francisco—the end of counter-culture and the beginning of the tech world. Part normcore, part sharp suiting, the collection really embodied that divide, and never felt dated—which can be hard when you’re using bright colored windbreakers. Still, the designer made his own subversive statement by ignoring the cultural climate. Through the apolitical collection, Ervell injected a much needed dose of fantasy back into Fashion Week. And when reality’s this shitty, it’s nice to get away for a second.
View the collection above.