I have always enjoyed their contrasting works on the models, a refreshing change from those matched suits that frequent the retail world. Whether its mixing plaid with solid, cardigan with blazer or simply two contrasting tones for a three piece suit, their consistency is unparalleled and makes them a favorite at New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM). Quite in sync with my own menswear suit tips, really.
Apparently the idea for their new collection came from Mark Rothko’s “No. 3 / No. 13” done in his multiform method at MOMA. This sums up how they designed their pieces: how individual parts can come together to create a whole outfit. Similar to the way I think of styling as architecture, probably owing to parental heritage in the field.
My favorites were the reds, obviously, owing to my penchant for this hue seen recently and formerly. Matching a maroon blazer can be tricky, and going the tux route is the definition of swagger. Pairing a redder inner piece with a chocolate tartan jacket was clever, if not slightly Christmasy in style.
The signature plaids and checks were a delight to see in copper, emerald, oceanic and earthen shades, apparently inspired by India, Afghanistan and Tibet. The contrasts with darker or lighter solid vests and even lighter textured pants sealed the look on most of the outfits.
Compared to the former season, Suit Supply ventured into darker hues too – dark chocolate blazers and brown hues, for instance. What helped distinguish these from contemporaries was that they supplemented layering pieces: bodywarmers, knits and vests, giving the looks a notion of art, with a blank canvas to accessorize at will.
There black ones too, with tux fittings or simply paired with white shirts and ties, distinguished for the same aforementioned reasons of architectural layering.
Speaking of accessories, a mainstay in former collections, though I saw fewer scarves, I did enjoy the bags; so functional and underrated in a world of menswear. Longer mid calf coats were also spotted, giving life to a dapper outerwear collection and expanding the breadth of the blazers. A bomber vest was another interesting new cameo into the mix, which fit well without looking atypical in the sartorial mix.
The finale was the boys goofing around, right before heading onto the streets to create a ruckus in Soho!
The key takeaway from Suit Supply were aplenty.
Who once again showed that nothing beats the refinement of a man in a well tailored suit.