Before the Patrik Ervell Spring 14 show, the floor of Milk Made’s runway room was covered with sheets of vaguely translucent plastic. As the room filled with the sounds of “Deeper”—a lush slab of electro-pop from the British band Real Life—the mysterious surface was revealed: sparkly, fire-retardant spring-green foam. “A repurposed industrial material is always exciting,” said Ervell following the show, “especially if you can make it beautiful—which we did.”

The foamy foundation added to a collection that floated with sea-faring notes. Shades of blue were abundant; an ivory nylon sailcloth bomber could have been plucked from the ‘90s “sport” collections of Nautica or Polo; longish short were matched with sandals. An exciting pairing matched tight, zippered scuba-esque tops with more traditional blazers. “We call them ‘dry-suits’ instead of wetsuits,” said Ervell of the surfer-with-a-business-degree aesthetic. “If you mix it up, it’s sporty and a bit more interesting.”

Ervell acknowledged the briny themes of Spring 14, but said the collection offered an individualized spin. “I did see America’s Cup over the summer in San Francisco, but it’s not literally nautical,” he said. “It’s my kind of nautical—any excuse to use bonded fabrics and technical instruction. But I think it’s an interesting world to explore.” Dive in.

Photos by Andrew Boyle

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