Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Jun 12, 2017
2017 sees a shift away from the flood of casual streetwear that’s been dominating menswear recently. The lines between skate-influenced styles and true tailoring have been blurred before, from Balenciaga to Second Layer, and they’re paving the way for more brands to follow suit – (pun intended).
‘Fine Tailoring’ by Charlie Casely-Hayford for TOPMAN, available to buy now, is making a strong case for the return to smart dressing. The offering? 10 carefully crafted suits which puts the focus firmly on: design, fit and cut. This collection is a win for the high street, as Casely-Hayford brings that magic touch of quality products and attention to detail, but at a more accessible price point ( from £60 – £250).
Speaking about the collab Charlie Casely-Hayford said: ‘The TOPMAN Fine Tailoring collection is about creating the perfect suit for every occasion for the modern man about town. I wanted to create a unique statement by designing a series of suits that were forward thinking in their approach – retaining Savile Row detailing such as a half canvas and a working cuff and combining those elements with a streamlined and modernist TOPMAN outlook’.
This collaboration is also part of a wider trend that we are seeing across the high street, with tailoring coming back as a key focus for collections. Boohoo.com just relaunched its menswear collection with a distinct focus on tailoring. And the return of the suit is not just limited to menswear, the recent womenswear collections at New York Fashion Week were all about the return of the power suit- that more polished, grown up aesthetic (less of the trainers, please).
So why this brand move to smarter, more-tailored aesthetics? Simple, it reflects the social mood of the moment and it makes good business sense, says our senior menswear editor Nick Paget.
“Tailoring is good for retailers, since it generally has a higher price point and it’s interesting from an aesthetic point of view. As a trend, it also points to the growing relevance and commercial impact of graduations, weddings, religious festivals and other occasions upon menswear brands and retailers. You only need to look at the latest collections from rising menswear star Grace Wales Bonner, as well as estalished brands like Balenciaga, OAMC and Second Layer, whose smartened-up casual silhouettes have inspired other brands to bridge the gap between skate-influenced styles and true tailoring.
Plus, on the street level, there’s a growing rejection of the flood of casual streetwear seen in menswear recently. As young people move to wanting to feel and project power in their personal and professional lives, could affordable tailoring be the new form of ‘power dressing?’ Either way, we’re loving this reversion to a smarter aesthetic,” he adds.
The collection is available to buy now.
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