John Elliott FW19
Words By: Imogen Clark
Images courtesy of John Elliot
Pulling inspiration from California’s coasts, John Elliott presents his fall-winter 2019 men and women’s collection during New York Fashion Week. Both John Elliott and Cara Campagnoli – head of the womenswear division of the brand – grew up in Northern California, and together merged ideas and manifested the vibrancy of this sun-filled state, ultimately leaving the collection with a nostalgic tone as they revealed both the wildness of this land and its interior.
The collection’s color scheme hints at fresh colors, beginning with blues that remind you of the surrounding ocean, to the dustier tones of grey and blacks that convey the aura of San Francisco’s public nature. Nylon was transformed skilfully into a copy of denim, gradients, and patchwork detailing creating an already worn finish to the garments. Double and triple dyed techniques have been used, and black bases have been vamped using bleach to create a spotty pattern; collectively forming a dusky aesthetic. Glimpses into Elliott’s childhood are seen in the prints of the fleeces which reference his grandparents’ house in Fairfax, California.
This season a new collaboration is presented. Caterpillar, an American industrial equipment company has teamed up with John Elliott to add an element of utility to this collection, with their ‘CAT’ logo embedded on the clothing. This collaboration plays with textiles as they created a lightweight perforated material to make jumpers and utilize reflective tape to finalize pieces. The relaxed nature of the men and women’s silhouettes allow the focus on the material – bomber-style jackets and slouchy trousers can be seen in the collection. Another collaboration that continues into this collection is the addition of a new colorway of the Lebron James x Nike x John Elliott ICON.