John Elliott immersed himself in the reflections, undulations and colors of water for his successful spring collection. And a Moroccan-printed beach towel was the starting point for his unique take on a new luxury.
“Instead of very expensive luxury, this is actual functional luxury — it’s understandable but shows depth,” he said.
That translated into an array of refined silk shirt jackets, bombers and metallic terry cloth mock T-shirts whose shimmer and shine were reminiscent of reflecting water, which Elliott used in an elongated pool as the centerpiece of the runway stage. The colorful terry cloth shorts and jackets added a playful touch and complemented the textures Elliott pulled off in merino linen tanks and hoodies.
His utility roots were on display this time in technical anoraks with contrasting colorblocking and flowy summer parkas.
For a designer, who has traditionally stayed with a “gray scale spectrum,” the kelly green, salmon and royal blues added the final upbeat touch to a fun and energetic collection.