Colorblocking combined with texture-mixing. Sounds disastrous, right? And the blocking of not two but five shades sounds like a train wreck, I know. But somehow, against all common sense and logic, the Johan bag works. It works really well. Jérôme Dreyfuss has put his quirky-casual aesthetic to good use, executing a lighthearted a day bag that feels fun and fresh.
The grainy and reptile-embossed leathers, the geometric-printed calfhair front flap, the offbeat shades of dark green, teal blue, and rust: they unite like pieces of a puzzle that are meant to be together, not haphazardly thrown into a mishmash. As a matter of fact, the bold colors frame the graphic flap like the mounting on a prized piece of art. Indeed, there’s nothing clown-like about this at all.
Just keep the rest of your look simple! Go light on accessories, and avoid more color like the plague. Kenzo’s softly pleated tweed skirt in textural black and white and Saint Laurent’s black suede booties combine uptown prep with downtown cool. They make an easy, neutral match for a bag that combines a number of elements for a new breed of chic.