Oftentimes the most innovative of designers exist in the space between past, present and future finding inspiration for their own style in a place that subsists solely for them. So is the case for London-based designer Simon Ekrelius and his Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. The Swedish educated designer has found a place where obscure notes intermingle with expert precision, creating an arrangement that is both beautiful and intimidating in its grandeur. This is found in pieces that are both minimal and intentional, sans the boring often found in this sort of simplicity.
There’s a darker energy to Ekrelius’ latest collection, one inspired by growing up surrounded by a whirlwind of different cultures. Neo-goth meets Puritan sensibilities that find themselves playing along with shapes inspired by American and English architecture, leaving an imposing and stoic impression. Extremely exaggerated sleeves accent a stone gray tunic, egging on the fact that if there’s anyone who can create inventive silhouettes and couple them with refined tailoring, it’s Ekrelius. Pleating also manages to take the front seat in the designer’s offering. A running motif throughout, it’s seen in the form of elongated ivory dress shirts with delicate folds along the back, carefully pleated stark black, crepe long sleeve dresses as well as skirts and trousers following the same sentiment. Pieces like cropped raincoats with black piping help to bring the presentation into the modern day, in a place of duality in which Ekrelius exists.