The sartorial gentleman or to use the most common (and overused!) fashion words ‘dapper’ gentleman trend has been recycled over the years but one thing that has blown me away are the African designers like the Okunoren twins, McMeka, and Mai Atafo who have taken bespoke tailoring to new heights by infusing an element of African culture into suits that are very much western.
From double to single breasted suits, it’s very important that whether buying ready to wear or bespoke suits, it is essential that a man understands his body shape. The way suits are worn or styled has evolved over the years with various styles, colours, prints and accessories making it so a man can be flexible with suits depending on their personal style and the occasion.
Clemas Couture’s collection at Glitz fashion week was a burst of colour, floral and geometric prints. The print bow ties featured are the perfect accessory to complete the dapper gentle man’s look.
My favourite piece has to be the black dinner jacket, this is a staple in every gentleman’s wardrobe. The Mod style slim fit trousers styled with suspenders with the white shirt with its button up sleeve detail and black bow tie gives the look a simple, flexible yet elegant look.
I also noticed the two different trousers styles and length used in the collection. The Mod slim fit and classic trousers offers a choice of styles.
What I would like to mention, and this is strictly my opinion, is that I think it’s important especially with bespoke and ready to wear suit designers to ensure when showing a collection to select the right models for the fit of the suit. For example as a stylist I believe a less built model always wears and fits a suit perfectly.
With that said CLEMAS also injected some traditional pieces in his collection, and I loved the idea of layering coloured sweatshirts with the traditional pieces which gave a little urban edge to the look.
Photo images and credits: www.glitzafricafashionweek.com