Actor, designer, and all-around Renaissance man John Malkovich was in Denver visiting Lawrence Covell recently to introduce his latest menswear collection, Technobohemian. Now in its third season, Malkovich’s most recent fashion project (the name is taken from a line in an unpublished Italian novel) is all about casual yet elegantly distinctive attire. Add to the mix Technobohemian’s abundance of fine details, and you have a collection that offers many unique, real-world wardrobe options for men.
For spring 2011, Malkovich works a striking combination of strongly tailored jackets and outerwear with easy pant and shirt silhouettes in a luxurious and sensual fusion of pattern, color, and texture.
Start with his tightly edited series of jackets, which includes a striped-linen and cotton peaked-lapel version, as well as a Japanese denim jacket with removable crochet collar. The boldly striped Japanese-fisherman-style cotton pants will make the ladies want to poach them as their own. Finish with a set of linen and cotton knit zip-up cardigans with thin strips of fabric randomly woven in—reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting.
Don’t write off this line as another “celebrity” foray into fashion: Malkovich designs, sketches, chooses all the fabrics, and maintains final approval on every piece of clothing in the collection. And being a fabric connoisseur, Malkovich’s refined taste translates into a colorful assortment of top-quality fabrics that range from a whimsical digital print of beach umbrellas (wonderfully cut into a shirt) to revised, 19th-century archival patterns for ties and scarves.
Although shoppers will have to wait until February to buy pieces of this line, take heart in knowing that Denver’s own Lawrence Covell will be one of the few stores in the country to carry it.
Technobohemian by John Malkovich, available beginning February 2011, Lawrence Covell, 225 Steele St., 303-320-1023, lawrencecovell.com.