Denzil Patrick Spring 2023 Men’s Collection


Yet more than invoking her own childhood memories, Gayle also provides a thoughtful and heartfelt depiction of the British school that mainstream fashion has failed to pay much attention to. we know all too well the kind of halcyon images of privilege à la Eton et al, and often from non-UK designers, but we rarely, if ever, see the kind of city center public high schools that Gayle (not to mention many of us) attended.

“We know this story and it’s a great story,” he says of Britain’s famous upper-class schools, “and I suddenly thought, why can’t I draw on my own experience? ” It also signifies his life away from education, like going to legendary London club GAY that summer of 1999 – and the kind of things he wore at night, like Prada Sport’s approximation with a technical fabric top in a shade pink that has made its way into this collection, a color nicknamed “rhubarb”. “A guy on the phone said, ‘I just saw a pink trash bag go by,'” Gayle recalled of her late ’90s look with a laugh. “But I felt amazing, and to this day I still remember that feeling. It’s hard to get those feelings back.

One way to do this is to locate them in your own work: your own intention about the type of designer you want to be, and at the same time, the person you want your designs to reflect. (Gayle continued to work as sustainably as possible, using reclaimed cashmere and using embroiderers in Delhi for particularly clever sequin-covered shorts made from recycled soda cans.) That the designers adapted to their own perspectives on the world, and their own very personal and individual journeys, have only been good for fashion; more honesty, more soul, more emotion, all that Gayle twitch, twitch, twitch with Denzil Patrick.

When he started working on his Spring 2023 with his husband (who is designing the graphics) and a few assistants, the idea was to have fun and throw away any preconceptions of how things should be done. The brief was to accept being small, to hold on to who you are, to express your own values. “With this third collection, that’s where we’ve come to,” says Gayle. “That’s why I feel an emancipation both for me as 16-year-old Daniel, but also the emancipation of my work today. We made the collection we wanted to make. I threw away the rulebook, because I don’t want to feel confined to anything because I’m just exploring, and what makes it legit is that I do.


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