An Ivy Style post last month forecasted a new wave of neo-prep on the horizon. More evidence has arrived in the form of two bold new takes on the boldest item in the Ivy universe, patchwork madras. Ralph Lauren is already offering a classic-fit patchwork madras popover this season, but has upped the ante significantly with a chimera-like patchwork madras duffel coat.
Across the pond, Drake’s has re-jiggered the formula with a “madras check” cotton jacket that looks like a conventional patchwork madras jacket that has been atomized and broken into many smaller pieces (I’ve seen it in the New York store and can confirm that it is less alarming in person).
The Paddington Bear-on-acid vibes of the RL duffel and the near superhuman loudness of the Drake’s jacket may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, I think they’re worth celebrating as a signal that the ivy wardrobe is still being raided for new inspiration. Perhaps the clock to athleisure armageddon has been set back an hour. — ERIC TWARDZIK