I remember someone linking the SZ discussion thread about Ervell and specifically this use of rust. Reading it was like putting my head in a vise. Then again, you could say that about almost every thread on SZ...
The problem with Ervell is that he doesn't change anything
I think a lot of people were interested in Ervell but got burnt out of the same things done over and over and over
Plenty of designers rehash, but damn son, It's been the same shawl collar cardigan for like five straight seasons
I can't really be bothered looking at recent collections. It's not particularly inspiring.
I don't mind rehashes from Ervell though to be honest. Sooo many people have copied his shit, but don't get it right. His stuff is so much better than all the copycats. This in contrast with, say, Rick.
I have the feeling that FW12 is missing inspiration as well. Maybe he is overstrained doing his woman line. On the other hand, I almost always had that feeling looking at Ervell first and then it somehow grows on me. Thinking of it, there will be some nice pieces this FW. I like this suit:
im surprised he opted for a traditional structured (padded) shoulder look this season especially because most designers have embraced the soft shoulder. its also a contrast to previous seasons when mostly all of his jacker shoulder were unpadded.