Add colour to black tie
Tailor Patrick Johnson wants you to ride camel down the aisle
Words: Damien Woolnough
Photography: P Johnson Tailors
22th May 2018
Black tie can be far from boring, just ask Australian tailor Patrick Johnson.
Since returning home in 2008 from working in London, Johnson has woven a sturdy reputation for formal attire that incorporates the relaxed way of living south of the equator. He also has a flair for bending the sartorial rules, rather than breaking them, with slightly more relaxed silhouettes and surprising additions of colour, such as this season’s splash of camel.
"It has an interesting freshness to it that works really well with eveningwear, and with black," Johnson says. "It's not easy for everybody to wear but I think when worn correctly it can be a really powerful look."
To communicate the power Johnson cast 53-year-old Swedish model Anton Nillson in his latest campaign.
"We've known about Anton for some time but hadn't had a chance to work with him," Johnson says. "We heard he was coming to Australia so we jumped on the opportunity. Anton has a really nice, relaxed attitude, which comes through in the pictures. It also helps that he's one of the best looking men we've ever seen."
The camel crusade fits perfectly into Johnson's work philosophy, especially when it comes to black tie. "Our approach is to have something comfortable and light, but a bit different."
Since returning home in 2008 from working in London, Johnson has woven a sturdy reputation for formal attire that incorporates the relaxed way of living south of the equator, but there is still rigour to his approach. To create the coolest camel, Johnson went straight to the top.
Our approach is to have something comfortable and light, but a bit different.
Patrick Johnson. Photo: Hugh Stewart.
"We worked with Loro Piana on a particular cotton wool silk blend which has a beautiful finish," Johnson says. "This particular one is woven in a solaro finish, where the underside of the cloth is red, which comes through in the sun."
Johnson is something of a jetsetter, with outposts in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, London and a workshop in Carrara Italy, so he knows where you should be breaking out your camel jacket.
"I imagine it worn somewhere coastal at a black tie event - the colour looks great beside water," he says.