Wednesday, October 3, 2012


 PJ CLARKES, Lincoln Center NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Niklas Ankar-

Designer Niklas Ankar's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, titled "SPECTRUM DE LUZ" ---should establish his label ANKAR SWEDEN---as the go to menswear line for polished style---"...reminiscent of the 1950's and 1960's classic Hollywood resort life..."

The staged presentation at the local P.J. Clarkes---with the models standing on boxes----aligning the open street windows at their backs...was a civilized affair...and a terrific format in which to admire how well tailored the clothes are.

note the collar  lining in contrast print-open collars required 

modern safari jacket-single breasted jacket in linen---goes from the jungle to the city, effortlessly

It all worked!

Cool, easy and elegant-the presentation --and the clothes---with solid neutral tone and madras plaid blazers smartly paired with bold colored trousers---in a palette that a lot of guys we know shy away from---particularly the deep fushia,pink and lavender shades----BUT looked just handsome here----the colors regulated to the cotton/stretch pants or/and classic Oxford shoes-and visually connected with the ensemble via pocket squares.

madras jacket....short length hits just below hip bones-looks great-bold pink pants tied in with pocket square

Nehru collar---on white jacket-looks modern here-not a typical look for a Western guy--- with black slacks
Easy ways to experience Ankar Sweden---is to collect the Irish shirt fabrics made into button downs -still comfy in tropical conditions--- and the casually faded by the sun/ocean looking- limited edition block print swimwear---a summery option that can work as well out of the water as board shorts.

blazers---work just as well with jeans and chinos----

pima cotton sweaters....with limited edition block print swimwear
According to the handout-the collection reflects the aesthetic of Havana resorts, elegant artists in San Tropez, Vespa driving Italians on Capri and smiling poolboys in the West Indies..."---with American fit and style....

Importantly though....we think this label is wearable outside of that rarified life---for adult men who can appreciate well made clothes and want to look pulled together...

madras...under safari style jacket that's tailored so well---all in the details

shirt hems-made to be worn out or tucked in....