Ernest W. Baker presents the fall winter 2023 collection in Paris.
This season, a change of perspective helped guide the direction for our Autumn/Winter 2023 collection. Since the brands origin, inspiration has been derived from the sartorially classic dress codes within menswear, particularly referencing elderly gentlemen and how they helped build and define these codes.
This season there was a simple shift in perspective, as this collection was inspired from the classical elegance and glamour seen in elderly women, self-titling the collection “Grandma Chic.”
This “Grandma Chic” collection is the official introduction of Ernest W. Baker womenswear; however, the gaze is not intended to be so literal. We looked at how this inspiration can translate into our menswear and also how our menswear can translate into this new Ernest W. Baker womenswear.
At a time where the line between menswear and womenswear has become more blurred, this collection was built within this blur. Freely moving references between the two yet ensuring that each can be identified on their own.
A collection referencing grandmothers wouldn’t be complete without ensuring that a sense of love and comfort was inserted into the collection, something so naturally emitted from our grandmothers.
This sense of comfort, warmth and love was reinterpreted in rich bouclés, leopard prints, ear muffs, crochet knitwear, thick faux furs seen in coats, trimmings and winter boots, referencing all the iconic wardrobe staples and accessories that can both physically keep you comforted but also visually transmit this sense of comfort as well.
As with all our collections, there is a piece of who we are left in the collection and the garments themselves. If there is something that we would like to be taken away from the collection this season, it is that a certain fabric, cut and sewn into a particular shape can be something that is still cherished and appreciated for years or generations to come.