Anyone who knows me is confused by my obsession with NASCAR, country music & fashion. Yes, there is a person in the fashion business who is a fan of all three! ME! When I get a chance to marry the three, or in the case of Parke & Ronen‘s Spring 2018 collection, two of them, I’m hooked. It seems the design duo, Parke Lutter & Ronen Jehezkel, looked to John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” for inspiration this season & the results were no less additive than the sound of the song itself.
However, it was immediately clear once the swim shorts appeared printed with the immediately identifiable “herb”, that they found particular inspiration in the word “high” in Denver’s iconic lyrics! Regardless, the inspiration suited them well & the collection, as well as the viewing audience, was the clear winner.
Striped shirts, piped shorts, sheer mesh t-shirts, easy, slouchy pants & a selection of swimshorts, trunks & briefs that was unparalleled by any other collection provided the structural base for the color story. Clear brights were used throughout with nary a muddy coloration to be found. Crisp Royal Blues, Floral Oranges, Sunshine Yellows, Greens, Reds, you name the color, each was used in abundance to a melodic visual melody. Layer in some novelty printed t-shirts with pictorial & graphic elements, as well as a series of mesh t-shirts to add a bit of steam to the scene & the result was a white hot collection indelibly etched in our visual memory banks.
Parke & Ronen made a quiet debut on the men’s runway circuit a few years back & has steadily grown to be one of our most anticipated shows each season. Spring 2018 was no exception & if anything, made us only want more. Everyone can’t wait for Spring to arrive for many reasons… most notably the anticipation of the warm carefree days of Summer that lie just ahead, where we can actually wear Parke & Ronen on the beach, streets, offices, or for a stroll in Central Park. For me, however, Spring means the start of a new NASCAR season, where I’ll be walking the streets of Manhattan, waiting for the upcoming Sunday race, all the while secretly singing “Thank God I’m a Country Boy… Yeah!”
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.parkeandronen.com
Photos by Elvia Gobbo