As part of the New York Menswear Day held February 5th during New York Fashion Week, Ernest Alexander designer and founder Ernest Sabine did not disappoint.
Taking inspiration from board track racing, a type of motorsport that was popular in the United States during the 1910’s and 1920’s Sabine embraced our current infatuation with The Great Gatsby, while also teaching his audience a little bit of Americana.
In board track racing, wooden planks were used to race motorcycles on. Racers were impeccably dressed; a typical uniform included a woven shirt worn under a sweater usually paired with a classic chino tucked into riding boots. Ernest includes elements of this past uniform but with an updated, modern take.
Outerwear plays a major role for fall 2014 with a lambskin leather-racing jacket, Ernest’s take on a shearling collared flight jacket and a shawl collar wool coat.
Medium to heavy weight wools make for a great set of blazers and trousers that are meant to work as mix-and-match separates within the collection.
Colors are masculine and dark for fall. Shades of grey are a recurrent theme with pops of blue peppered in while statements of black, brown and olive are found in the leather details. Hounds tooth and plaid patterns popular of the decade are used throughout. Wool ties match the collection smartly and cotton handkerchiefs add the perfect finishing to the overall look.
Classic bag styles are slightly updated and feature new front pockets and waxed glossy finishes which create a glistening sheen. The flight bag carryall is the newest shape to Ernest Alexander and comes in a dark, navy leather and waxed cotton canvas in British tan.
Photos by Eric Ryan Anderson
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