Best shows from New York Men's Fashion Week SS18: Patrik Ervell and Palmiers du Mal
PATRIK ERVELL: SMART ALEC
The collection: This season, Patrik Ervell brought us back to his early days in San Francisco. The 1990s was on full display here, counting the fluorescent nylon jackets (looks 1, 3 and 13) and baggy, button-down shirts (looks 10 and 21) to set the tone. With retro styles serving as inspiration for more modern pieces, this collection incorporated all the coolest elements of the designer's native city — counterculture white T-shirts with kaleidoscopic prints (looks 18 and 19), pleather shorts (looks 1 and 5) and clasp belts (looks 4, 6 and 8) popular among Silicon Valley's whiz kids during the Internet's earliest years.
Something you might have missed: Some of the jackets (looks 11 and 15) featured sewn-in plastic business card holders — a not-so-subtle nod to San Francisco's start-up culture.
Buro loves: That red suit with contrast black stitching (look 25), particularly the pants with excess fabric pooling around the ankles. Sloppy chic is going to be a thing.
PALMIERS DU MAL: I LOVE ROCK & ROLL
The collection: Palmiers du Mal is known for its luxury loungewear, and this season pulled our attention in all directions. Let's see: The pink velvet track pants and ethnically-inclined blouses and kaftans stole the show. Then there were the not-for-the-faint-hearteds in the likes of buttonless blazers, wool and shearling kimonos and gargantuan turbans, paired with the silky bomber jackets and roomy sweatshirts designer Shane Fonner has always been fond of. By taking prints to playtime, florals, zebra and even tiki designs take the stage here, pointing to what is to be a smashing wild-child summer worthy of rock star status.
The set: Gramercy Park Hotel served as backdrop; its chandeliers, velvet curtains and Louis XV chairs added to the regality of Palmiers du Mal's spring/summer 2018 collection.
Buro loves: No cold shoulder here. The white shearling coat (above) which converts into a mini capelet had us at hello.
All coverage of men's fashion week spring 2018.