Photographer: Shawn Brackbill Caption: Petrou Man SS 11
Petrou Man SS 11
New York’s SoHo House library set the tone and scene of PETROUMAN SS'11 collection. The show was carried out in a salon style, however it was the models that lounged, reclining in armchairs, book in hand, brooding over traditional board games. Meanwhile the crowd were invited to peruse the show at their leisure, drink in the atmosphere and given time to adjust to this unusual setting.
They were met with a collection of traditional tailoring formed primarily from a palette of muted tones of navy and beige. However, Nicolas Petrou introduced intrigue and excitement to through bristling and elaborate male headdresses. Nestled among ribbons of fabric and wire branches, an unusual collective of birds, butterflies and tin toy robots could be found swarming models’ faces.
Styled by Robbie Spencer and inspired by a combination of Americana and El Mocambo, hand-sewn madras fabrics, soft denim suiting and tribal prints harmonized with tweeds and twills of 50s America charmingly to form unique visuals, and complimentary textures which defied tradition. This coupled with a combination of clashing patchwork patterns and checks caused the collection to really come to life. It’s no mean feat to create a menswear collection that is both wearable and memorable but it is through his seamless integration of the theatrical and the classical, not to mention experimentation with proportion, that makes PETROUMAN unforgettable and truly one to watch.