Parke & Ronen release Spring/Summer 2018 inspired by John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High”

We’re always excited when a new Parke & Ronen collection is released and this season is no exception. Spring/Summer 2018 is a strong collection consisting of bright colours, asymmetrical accents, classic patterns and contrasting stripes.

We asked Parke & Ronen for the background behind the new release.  Drawing inspiration from John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” and, more specifically, the lyrics “serenity of a clear blue mountain lake”, think back to your youth when Denver was signing about the earth, nature and the unique Rocky Mountain summers. Americana became as a backdrop when figuring the colour pallette and ideas for the pieces from the collection.

In addition, the latest collection is heavy on sportswear which are rich in natural worn patina, including washed lines, printed chambray denims and even lambskin suede, and ultralight cotton vooiles. Over 30 prints form this collection, drawing from all aspects of a Rocky Mountain summer, from fly-fishing, the flight of an eagle, fields of wildflowers and even a sophisticated cannabis print.

But, as you’d always expect from Parke & Ronen, poppy bright colours are contrasted against playful retro hues including tangerine and marigold. As you’d expect from moutain-inspired clothing, you’ll also find sand, khaki, sage and tan.

As this is Parke & Ronen’s 20th anniversary, archive pieces will also play a part in Spring/Summer 2018.

We’ve picked four key highlights from Spring/Summer 2018, below:

Red Multi Stripe Long Sleeve Sweater

Red Multi Stripe Long Sleeve Sweater

We saw this sweater when we previwed the S/S 18 collection and were impressed.

Made from a medium-weight cotton, it’s idea for a cool spring evening and a pair of shorts. But, it’s the detail that impressed us. Slightly shorter arms, and with a back which is marginally longer than the front, giving the sweater a cool casual style.

Available now for $180

Black 6″ Catalonia Dandelion Print

Black 6″ Catalonia Dandelion Print

For Short Motivation, Parke & Ronen’s Catalonia short is an excellent style, fit and ideal for town and you’ll see it featured across our social media.

With a 6″ inseam, this Catalonia is black with a bright blue dandelion print. This short has an adjustable  waist, meaning you can go a size up if you have chunky legs, adjusting the waist to accomodate.

Available now for $155

Navy Knit Mock Turtleneck Tee

Navy Knit Mock Turtleneck Tee

A cotton t-shirt with a simple but effective colour-block contrast shoulder.

This t-shirt is made from a medium-weight cotton, which is ideal for a spring day, perhaps with a pair of trousers. The t-shirt has a slight funneled neckline and hemmed finish around the arms and bottom of the t-shirt.

Available now for $150

3″ Multi-Stripe Retro Sprinter

3″ Multi-Stripe Retro Sprinter

As part of Parke & Ronen’s 20th Anniversary, this is a retro 1970s short design from the archives.

With a 3″ inseam, this is the perfect short for a day around the pool. With the drawstring, it will never come loose diving in and out the water and we love this multi-striped design.

Available now for $145

This is only a small selection from the Parke & Ronen Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Many of the above designs are avaiable in different styles and colours. Head to the New Arrivals section on the Parke & Ronen website for more inspiration.


About Author

The co-founder of Short Motivation, Chris originates from a technology background, initially developing software and then migrating to the international magazine industry for the last 15 years. The idea for Short Motivation came from travelling through 2011 and eventually became reality six years later, in 2017.