Day 2 of London Collections: MEN featured big-name collections from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Moschino, JW Anderson and Hackett London. Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s designer, introduced updates of classical tailored looks apparently inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs. Read More London Collections MEN: Day 2
Checked tailoring is huge right now. Once considered informal and perhaps a tad rural – something to relax in at the weekend – the check suit has in recent years been stylized in such a tailored way and with such an urban feel, it’s begun to take on quite different connotations. The Financial Times has admitted that a “dark shade… can really work in the office” while fashion houses are featuring it in droves in their haute couture collections. Noticeable champions of the “new” check suit include Eddie Redmayne and Justin Timberlake.
Douglas Booth is currently working the premiere circuit of his latest movie Noah and he’s fast proving himself to be one of Britain’s most stylish celebrity suit wearers. With each new city he appears in, whether it’s Los Angeles, London, Dublin or Edinburgh, he always manages to bring a unique style to the red carpet. He does this by pairing a lot of traditional looks (the three piece suit or the double-breasted jacket, for instance) with the more modern silhouette of a slim fit cut. Besides favouring British fashion houses like Burberry and Alexander McQueen, he also seems to have taken a shine to the Prince of Wales check – see the evidence below! If you want to style your suit after Booth’s example, click on “Get the Look” for a sample of our light grey, Prince of Wales check fabric. Style it either as a three piece suit or with a double-breasted jacket (or both!) and combine it with a slim fit cut for a Booth-style take on classic British tailoring.
Although tweed has become a fashionable fabric in recent times, it was originally used as an outdoor fabric to tailor suits for performance-heavy tasks like shooting and hunting. The two-threaded, Scottish fabric was woven in earthy colors that allowed the hunter to blend into the hunting-specific landscape. Tailors found that even when the tweed was shot through with a bright design, visibility on the hillside remained minimal, leading to the availability of a beautiful range of tweeds. And even though, since those early days, tweed has proved to be a highly versatile fabric, here at Prince of Wales design in light brown. Perfect for a winter suit or an elegant hunting suit, this fabric is both durable and fashionable. Style with a slim fit for a more modern look or with a regular or loose fit for a less formal, “outdoorsy” look. For the record, how did the Prince of Wales check get its name? Apparently it was commissioned by Edward VII in the 19th century! Click on “Get The Look” for our range of tweed fabrics.