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With Rachel now covering Oxford and Reading the City Road team has had a bit of a re-shuffle. The City Road girls, me and Rach are only together two days a week and in honour of this we decided to collaborate on a blog, me on the words, Rach on the pics.
Perfect little setup as I think I am the only fashion graduate who can't draw. Now, it may still be summer but if your want a new for Autunm this is the time to start thinking about it.
Our normal turn around is 6-8weeks plus fittings so even if you are still swanning around in your light grey suit and shades don't leave your Autunm option to the last minute. My favourite time of year is Autunm, the evenings have only just started to get dark and the colours are brilliant, perfect inspiration for your suiting designs.
Me and Rach have come up with three outfit ideas to get you started. First up, 'A Classic Three Piece with an edge.'
This is a great outfit for the more classic gent. The use of a contrast collar, pocket flaps and waistcoat give it that extra special something. The contrasting colour choice can be as wild or as subtle as you like. For this design we've gone with FLA-26, a grey heavy weight wool and cashmere cloth contrasted with HAB-2; a light brown herringbone cloth, also a heavy weight wool and cashmere. This is a real winner for Autumn and an idea that can be adapted for all seasons, events and occasions.
Fashion Forward suiting
Now, if you want something a little more on trend but still subtle, concentrate on your detailing. It is said that menswear is all about the details, something quite small can make all the difference. Again we've gone with a herringbone;HAB-3A, a grey wool and cashmere. The HAB's are such great cloths for the Autumn and can be really jazzed up with a splash of bright colour. With this outfit we've gone with straight flapless pockets with an extra ticket pocket all edged in red velvet. The red theme is carried on through to the cuff and lapel buttonhole stitching as well as a fushia lining.
Wild Autumn Oranges
Sometimes, classic and trendy are not what you want, sometimes, you want to walk into a room and make everyone go, wow! Our Sharkskin 5603-6 is a bronze cloth with a tonic weave that can do that. Keep the design very simple with a notched collar, slanted flapless pockets and straight leg trousers. With a really simple design you can afford to add a silk orange tie and really turn heads. The main thing to remember is that although suiting has a strong connection to the world of the nine to five it does not have to be dull. Tailoring is all about beautiful garments and amazing details.
When I met Sam he had already designed his three piece suit with our Style Advisor Rachel and was on to the fitting stage. Sam and his fiance Rachel were planning on getting married in Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire and then having a mini festival in a field fully equipted with bonefire, hog roast, tents and of course wellies.
Being a lover of festivals from a young age, (having been allowed to go to Glastonbury unaccompanied at the tender age of fourteen!) I loved the idea straight away.
The couples' outdoorsy theme didn't end there though with green being a big aspect of Sam's outfit. He went with a black UKAB Merino wool, with green lining, green pocket square, green stitching on his last cuff buttonhole and a green tie. Sam's lapel buttonhole was also made with green leaves and held together with colourful buttons. Sam's choice of style was very modern with slanted flapless pockets, a single vent and five buttons on his sleeve. He went for a notched collar but continued his modern twist through to his trousers, having horizantal pockets and flat fronts. His waistcoat was five buttons and had two pockets, perfect for the finishing touch of a pocket watch.
The green detailing of Sam's three piece suit matches perfectly with the cream of Rachels's dress and her fiery red hair, not to mention the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside (can you tell I'm a south west girl!!)
Me and ASTF Rachel were lucky enough that Sam was happy to send us over some photos. The happy couple had Richard Johnson of Totallyrich Digital Consultancy take pictures of their big day and it definitely looks like they had a wonderful time. The newly weds also sent us a link to Rachel's blog, a lovely personal account of their big day, we wish you all the best!
Rachel Mathews' blog http://rabel.co.uk/the-big-day-rabel-mule-get-wed/
Location: Cripps Barn http://www.crippsbarn.com/ Photographer: Richard Johnson http://www.totallyrich.com
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