Satyenkumar Patel is a British menswear designer who is the type of designer whose attention to detail and tailoring receives much attention. In turn, the type of guy who wears his clothing receives just as much notice. Head-turning to say the least, Satyenkumar’s use of colour, pattern, and fabric creates looks that cannot be pulled off by just anyone.
From geometric pattern to translucent button-up shirts to gathered ankles on pants to floppy hats in dove gray and white, the kind of guy who wears Satyenkumar is a British playboy (leisure class) with an ease about him that calls for lounging about the country house or beach house (reminiscent of Hugh Grant, no?) Parliamentarian with a busy schedule of meetings all day? No (being able to see through your local representative’s slacks is probably not the norm.)
If you look back to Satyenkumar’s A/W and S/S 2009 collection, he took it in a completely different direction that I’d describe as nerdy chic with an 80s sentiment. On first impression, I see stripes, lots of yellow and blue, gaudy sweaters, and jackets that resemble patterned scientist coats. On second thought, I see a little military inspiration here and there, in shirts and trousers. I’m not even sure I can describe the guy who can pull the 2009 collection off—he’d better be one well-known fashionable and daring chap (a little flamboyance to his nature wouldn’t hurt either.)
Final thoughts? I’m a fan of the shoes the 2010 model is wearing throughout. They’re sleek with a splash of interest added in the strap. The tailoring of the black pants will complement a man’s slim hip and call awareness to his interest in trends. The short shorts that are almost boxers? Well, I’m sure they’ll provide comfort on the tennis court.