May 23, 2011
The beginning and subsequent flourishing of a romance is the notion that we find Vanishing Elephant considering for the coming season. Divided into three interlocking ideas, this offering endeavours to trace the path from new found object of desire, through love blossoming, to love realised.
Colours and garment weight become increasingly lighter and more alive, reflecting the growth and merriment of a new love. The Vanishing Elephant approach to minimal, classic tailoring is best reflected in the more formal arrangement of desire and love blossoming, portraying a neat and more composed character. Suiting plays an important role here, with classic styles in a midnight coloured wool and a blue and white stripe.
This then takes a more casual turn with a double-breasted charcoal speckled, wool blazer and a deconstructed washed wool suit in pale grey. A classic blazer becomes an unlikely representation of love realised when delivered in a burgundy all over floral tapestry print. Similarly, shirting runs the gamut from classic long sleeved wovens and flannels, through peter pan cuts and contrasting paisley collars, rounding off with short sleeve styles in all over prints of abstracts, acorns, and lightweight denim with multi-coloured florals.
A Vanishing Elephant hero – the chino – again plays an important role, reworked as traditional high waisted versions in linen and brushed wool, finished with rope belting. The classic chino style is offered up in a heavier waxed cotton drill, moving into lighter styles in forest greens and grey stripes. A more casual pant with elasticated ankles makes an appearance in paisleys and stripes before an array shorts deliver the most eye-catching, loved up fabrics, including maroon with white polka dots, floral denim and one particular tapestry depicting a multicoloured jungle scene.
A big thanks to Patrick McGreal, Bart Celestino, Steve Toal, Desiree Wise and the always amazing May Tin.
Posted by Felix, Huw and Arran at 12:14 PM
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