Patouf Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection
In an attempt to make one reconsider what defines menswear and womenswear, Patouf release their directional AW13 collection. Inspired by the works of linear artist Jackson Pollock, head of design Anna Angseryd creatively interprets Pollock’s avoidance of emphasis as a way to explore gender definition within fashion. Fluid, soft silhouettes and explorative shapes form the foundations of this creative offering, with both masculine and feminine elements being fused together frequently.
In a mixed palette of black, yellow and blue, contrast trims and a mix of fabrics provide much of the detailing whilst vibrant ink-stain prints and layered patches of fabric add a deeper visual edge. Many classic styles are prominent throughout, although they are given a contemporary twist through altered neck lines and adjusted fits – clearly evident in the olive crew and cropped trousers combination. These masculine pieces are also intelligently feminised through sleeveless finishes, wider legs and rounded corners.
With many pieces being labelled unisex by Angseryd herself, they are entirely wearable by both men and women. The ink-stain all-over printed suit and leather jacket with yellow trim are exemplary pieces; both providing on trend suitability as well as more individual design points.
With fashion constantly undergoing modification, development and redefinition, interest in designers such as Angseryd is vital; those that continue to push and change the common conceptions and views on gender specific clothing.