In Photos: Philip Sparks Fall 2009
Philip Sparks (interview here) showed his fall 2009 - 2010 collection in the historic Burroughes Building. It was the perfect indoor setting to capture the mood of Peter and the Wolf-Canadian style; the inspiration to this season. The rich wood floor and exposed brick projected an air of history.
I've been following the fall 2009 collection since the look book made waves across the menswear blogs in early February. The runway show definitely delivered its promise.
Philip delivered his signature suiting, flannel lined denim, crisp dress shirts, jodhpurs, fisherman inspired outwear and curling sweaters. He explored new fabrics like the paper cotton and luxury flannel. His Fisherman's coat is made from reissue vintage fabrics from Italy. It also comes in a wool version.
I had seen the clothes in the studio the week before and tried on the fur mitts and jacket. I love that the mitts have 3 fingers which allows for more movement of the hands. The fur coat is very nice, I say this as someone who isn't really a fur fan. It gave me the feeling of returning to Upper Canada in the early days of The Hudson's Bay Co. The flannel lined denim is genius for this weather.
The flannel is luxurious, I've never felt anything like it and it doesn't add bulk to the jeans. There are also western shirts made in this flannel. Philip has found that his customers like the fit of his jeans and the flat front pants. So only the fabrication changes but not the fit and style of the pant.
The audience was composed of some of the best dressed men in the city. I talked to many women who made the same comments. It not often we get to see so many in together in one room.
Philip Sparks now has an online store. This should increase his retail presence around the world.
Photos by James Kachan