“I am not a trend; I am permanent, real. I have dressed exactly the same way my entire life. My style is unforgiving, international and finite.” Niklas Ankar has a vision of the perfect man – or at least what he should be wearing. Swedish sartorial sensibility means using the finest Italian Loro Piana wools and cashmeres, Kenyan Kykoys, and Indian madras in Ankar’s menswear. Niklas Ankar teamed up with PR maven/writer/fashionisto and editor of Lookbooks.com, Cator Sparks to bring Ankar Sweden’s Fall/Winter 2012 Collection, complete with a breakfast buffet, to the rooftop of New York’s Empire Hotel.
Calling the FW12 collection a love letter to men’s fashion, Ankar FW12 featured expertly tailored and styled separates that can be mixed and matched with each other to create a broad range of looks. Cashmere sweaters, tartan morning coats, and a signature limited-edition tuxedo gave us plenty to be excited about. To be quite honest, can’t say we’re feeling the Nehru jackets, but the slim-fit coloured cords looked great paired with a simple dress shirt and with Ankar’s classic check sports jackets, patterned pocket squares, and colour-popping socks.
Ankar means anchor in Swedish. Sparks gives us Niklas Ankar’s interpretation of the collection as anchors or staples in a man’s wardrobe. “If your house burned down and you went out and bought five of his pants, two of his shirts, and one of his blazers – you would have 50 outfits.” Where have you been hiding Mr. Ankar? Fingers crossed that their website is updated with more than just scarves and belts. That way we can actually buy some of these exquisite pieces next season.
Photos & Video: Spiro Mandylor, Olympus Digital Photography