Patrik Ervell Fall 2013: Impressive shielding from the elements

With menswear continuing to gain major traction at the New York Fashion Week semi-annual collections, so has speculation as to whether a separate bonafide ready-to-wear men’s event is in order.  New York is the only one of the four major Fashion Week cities – the others being Milan, Paris and London – to combine all its offerings into a packed eight days, making for an increasingly complicated schedule of several hundred shows in various locations in and outside of Lincoln Center.

Until that separation happens, menswear continues to find any space and time slot in the Big Apple it can get, with some of the strongest Fall 2013 collections showing off-site.  Such was the case with Siki Im (Cafe Rouge), Y-3 (80 Essex St.) and Patrik Ervell, who showed at Milk Studios’ increasingly impressive and influential MADE Fashion Week.  Ervell’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection was titled “Silvan,” a reference to a spirit who inhabits the woods.  With this in mind, according to the designer’s stated inspiration, Ervell sought to explore “the traditional idea of forests as anti-city…and, more recently, places protected by civilization, places where people feel to go alive, places endangered and dangerous.”

As a result, Ervell for the most part favored looser cuts as if to prepare the wearer should he need to bundle up for a sojourn of unspecified length in the wilderness.  Heavy coats and blazers in wool, jacquard and flannel constructed in moody shades of indigo and navy signified a desire to shield oneself from unknown elements, be it during a quest for more secluded pastures during a hike or a mad escape from the claws of a hostile boardroom.  The same held true for the casual and formal pants, as well as the heavier-than-expected rain ponchos with asymmetrical cuts.

Credits:

Hair: Holli Smith for Oribe Hair Care
Make-up: Maki Ryoke with Mua and the M.A.C. Pro Team
Shoes: Patrik Ervell for ALDO

Photos: Patrik Ervell Fall 2013 – New York Fashion Week
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine

Video: Patrik Ervell Fall 2013 – New York Fashion Week
video by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine