COOL FOR CATS

THIS SEASON'S HOT TRENDS FOR MEN ARE UNRAVELLED BY TAILORING AMBASSADOR MAURICE MULLEN

I can’t recall who it was, on being asked how to dress, responded: “I just try not to panic the cat.” But if cats are such sensitive creatures, I suspect there were a fair few freaked out felines scattered across the big four fashion capitals in the wake of the recent menswear shows.

Designers have always been shameless in their courtship of the cameras and send down the catwalk ‘statement’ pieces which no self-respecting civilian would be seen dead in. It’s all in the name of art - and editorial mentions - of course. But in a world of decreasing attention spans, the sheer volume of it means that choices must be made. The following are a few brief pointers for those planning additions to their wardrobes.

Colours
Brighter days and longer evenings normally herald the arrival of a lighter palette but for SS17 the colours to wear will be paler than usual. Putty, stone, light sand and cream were all over the catwalks and are easy colours to wear both as an overall look and in combination. For ‘occasion’ dressing, pastels are the choice for the man with attitude so think pink, pale blue or mint to cut a dash at that summer wedding. (For obvious reasons this isn’t a particularly low maintenance look - espressos will spontaneously launch themselves at you - so, if you haven’t done so already, now may be the time to strike up a relationship with a good dry cleaner.)

Silhouette
I’ve long been a fan of a more generous cut as there always seems something mean and insubstantial about an overly skinny suit jacket. I’m not advocating 1980s style lapels that seem to have a life of their own, but simply a broader shoulder. This can be particularly flattering as a counterpoint to a narrower waist.

trouser tapering towards the ankle is the lower body version of this trend as seen at E. Tautz.

Embellishment
It’s often the decoration of a single element of an outfit that elevates a whole look from middle-of-the-road to magnificent. I’m a huge fan of embellishment but beware of overdoing it. The Dolce & Gabbana show last season was a riot of sequins, appliqué and contrast piping which only the bravest customer could carry off in real life. That said, a single standout item – McQueen’s matte metallic embroidery on a tie or Gucci’s black and gold jacquard tux – creates a talking point and raises the sartorial game.

d in the collections. I’m unconvinced by headwear of this kind for the over 25s, but if your luggage is luxe you’re onto a winner and a manbag will accommodate all the accoutrements which would otherwise ruin the line of your jacket. Here’s to looking the part…and to a calm cat.

Credits: Top L-R: Dolce & Gabbana, Topman, E. Tautz, 
Top to Bottom:  Maison Margiela & Louis Vuitton

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