Brand: John Elliott
Season: Fall/Winter 2021
Key Pieces: The expanded range of in-house John Elliott footwear is key, expanding to include trek-ready sandals and hiking boots, and house slippers alongside the familiar black derbies and mules. There are plenty of easy layering pieces, too, including waist-length leather puffers, padded shirts, mohair cardigans, and vivid sweatpants.
Editor's Notes: John Elliott has proven incredibly adept at navigating flighty trends, maneuvering his eponymous Californian label through various eras of streetwear — and then post-streetwear — style.
Today, Elliott's brand isn't really in the realm of "streetwear" at all: though his output remains approachably casual, it's more sophisticated, balancing easy favorites with grown-up silhouettes.
So, he still does cozy hoodies, grab-n-go shirts, and tailored sweatpants, but they're realized with luxuriant textiles, experimental washes, and more shapely cuts.
Behold the latest round of "Pollock" jeans, layered with paint and cut with twisted seams for a curved shape. Take in the jacquard fleece jackets, woven exclusively for Elliott in Japan and designed to recall old school adventure layers.
Some things are imminently familiar to longtime followers, like the militaristic parkas inspired by the wardrobe of Elliott's uncle — a Vietnam War vet — or gentle distressing that plays across deep-dyed jersey pants.
Seasonal all-timers, like coaches jackets and trucker jackets, are executed in versatile weatherproof nylon or suede, layered over luscious knitwear occasionally given the tie-dye treatment.
It's all recognizable stuff: anyone who's grown up with Elliott can add any of these mock-neck tees or puffers to their rotations with ease. But Elliott's inherent appeal is that he can make wearable stuff that reads as stylish without demanding its wearer try to style anything too out-there. He's concocting some adventurous stuff, sure, but it's all grounded.
Likewise, the in-house footwear program that kicked off this past February is expanding, widening its purview beyond Vibram-soled running sneakers to encompass boots, sandals, and slippers.