Saint Laurent, Hermes (pictured below) and Raf Simons had 70s nostalgia all sewn up on the SS16 runways: double-breasted suits, pinstripes and plush velvets featured in soft pastels contrasted with rich hues of burgundy, blue and grey, and monochromes added a brilliant air of ‘look-at-me’ flair. But not everyone has a budget for couture, so we’ve put together our affordable top picks: groomswear trends for 2016 that will see you down the aisle in effortless style.
Stride out a style hero wearing Topman. Yes, we’re rather impressed with the high street store’s This Is Tailoring campaign. Suits are fresh and youthful, cut to create a crisp silhouette, with a cheeky nod to the ‘70s. Crafted from wool sourced from distinguished European fabric mills and featuring real horn buttons, no less, it’s Topman’s double breasted and pinstripes suits that have really grabbed our attention. Prices range from £100 up to £250 for limited edition styles.
Who doesn’t love Liberty. Never run-of-the-mill or boring, it religiously showcases upcoming designers alongside established brands, and always ensures its edits have something for everyone. Pair a Maison Margeila velvet jacket with Bruta’s fabulously saint-embellished shirt, and accessorise with some fun Paul Smith cufflinks and funky paisley, floral or fruity neckwear.
L-R: Bruta White Saint Embellished Shirt £110, Paul Smith Orange Cactus Cufflinks £85, Paul Smith Apricot Pocket Square £50, Alexander McQueen Paisley Tie £95, NN07 White Falk Shirt £90 and Liberty Print Phoebe Floral Print Tie £55.
Asymmetrical tailoring featured heavily on the runways, and we rather like Kilgour, the Savile Row tailor that dressed big screen legends such as Cary Grant, Fred Estaire, Jude Law and even Karl Largerfeld. Kilgour’s made to measure suiting options start at £1,760.
Above: Shawl jacket in dark navy double silk weave with navy mohair flat fronted trousers and a white silk scarf.
Below: Angled collar evening suit in graphite wool with a mother of pearl button and a perforated suede alcantara asymmetric waistcoat with a contrast silk insert.
Neckwear is so hot right now. Whether you drape it loosely around your neck, tie it in a bow or wear it straight down your chest, it’ll add an extra layer of effortless style to your look.
Hugo Boss Glamour Tuxedo £550, Paul Smith Balloon Silk Scarf £110, Burberry Silk Bow Tie £135 and Turnbull & Asser Big Ben pocket square £65 .
Ok, perhaps less affordable, but a brilliant collection that’s definitely worth looking at. Zegna’s made to measure suits are timeless, and – if you have the cash – worth investing in. Accessorise with a pink with shirt or tie.
L-R: Vermillion Striped Shirt £220, Black Wool Tuxedo £1,695, Grey Seersucker Broken Suit £1,050.