I just started to browse through the Fall/Winter 2018 collections starting to come in when a name, which I had never seen before, caught my eye. The Elder Statesman. Intrigued, I scrolled through their small collection, then did a bit of research on their brand for some insight into their work.
Now, I don’t usually write about the collections that I don’t like, simply because I view fashion as an art to be consumed through a subjective lens. Who cares about my opinion? Somebody out there likes it. Well, this collection made me want to speak up. Feel free to disagree!
Initially, I very much enjoyed the laid-back vibe and the vibrant colors present in the collection. I love knits, as sweaters make up a large portion of my wardrobe. I also love when designers try to emulate the thrift-shop chic look because it validates my own love of thrift shops (most of my wardrobe is thrifted!). That being said, I don’t really like this collection.
I’m not disputing that the clothes are well made, that is apparent. The brand’s founder, Greg Chait, is passionate about textiles and knits and strives to make his clothing the best quality they can be, which I appreciate. I just don’t think the collection is original.
The edgy knits that feature Kama Sutra poses and fonts appropriated from cigarette companies feel expected. The tie-dye shirt with the weed motif is almost laughably stereotypical. In fact, the whole collection feels like some old movie exec’s attempt at trying to capture the California college slacker look, including all of the essentials like vans shoes, beanies with edgy motifs, long sweaters and loose-fitting pants. All that’s missing from the getup is a longboard and a tacky faux-deep tattoo.
Sure, there are a few pieces that I like from the collection, but overall I think it just isn’t original enough to get me excited. Not to mention that I visited the brand’s website and found that they sell pajama tops for over $500 and socks for over $100. I just don’t think a brand founded in 2007 has the chops to justify selling their name for that much, and I don’t think a tie-dye t-shirt warrants such a hefty price tag, no matter what brand it comes from. I think I’ll stick to getting mine from the thrift store for 99 cents.
As I said before, I would love to hear your opinions, so feel free to disagree with me! Fashion is an art to be enjoyed by everyone in their own way, so take my words with a grain of salt.
Here are some of the looks I liked the most from their collection:
Sincerely and Stereotypically Yours,