For the past few seasons, john Elliott has been the wunderkind of the New York menswear scene. For good reason; his mainly monochromatic luxury basics have quickly become a mainstay in wardrobes across the country. But for his Spring/Summer 2017 season, entitled ‘Watching Water’, Elliott strayed from his roots, instead opting for a color palette of satin-y pastels and crisp white hues. Silk bombers and button-up tops were finished in shades of dusty rose and robin’s egg. Mint hues were translated into over sized hoodies, terry cloth shorts, and geometric ponchos.
The devil was in the detail for Elliott: every thread of the collection related back to his ‘watching water’ conceit. Mesh insets were found in bombers and parachute jackets. Board shorts replaced his signature sweatpant. Looks were completed with updated pool slides and high-rise aqua socks. Even a fanny pack or too dotted the collection. It was the kind of collection you’d throw over a bather when heading waterside, which is exactly the notion Elliott had in mind when creating the collection.
Elliott collaborated with artist and producer Lee Bannon to add a layer of musical accompaniment. The pair came up with a track list heavily injected with sound clips from nature paired with R&B classics; rushing water and breaking glass made way for Mariah Carey’s runs. Like a day out on a yacht, but with a darker undertone to the sound.
For Elliott, the collection was a lighthearted departure from the brooding conceits of collections past. Although gone are the dark hued palettes he’s been so well loved for, the collection still had all the luxurious staples we crave from John Elliott collections.