Tailored to perfection - The Gagliardi Collection hits the runway at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Gagliardi hitting every trend with style and finesse at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2018.
Friday night at the Gagliardi Fashion Show and, with the Bee Gees pumping and the models racing down the runway, the audience were totally in thrall to the beautiful and stylish clothes that are, and will soon be available to them, in store.
Sam Borg and his team delivered with Gagliardi’s Collections of The Talented Mr Ripley, an evocation of glamorous, endless summer in linen tailoring and casual perfection and Modern Man in Milan, taking classic tailoring of the Saville Row kind and putting a little Mediterranean magic in to give style with effortless elegance.
Perfectly constructed suits with formal jackets and tapered trousers, in silk and wool blends to give lightness with form, were first down the runway. Every man looks good in this style of tailoring.
Too formal? Mix chinos and desert boots with a moleskin waistcoat, silk and cashmere blazer and wing collared shirt to mix and match for a look that is stylish and sharp.
Colours are Mediterranean and mellow: soft oranges, creams and yellow linen blazers with ‘dirty white’ chinos and caramel suede boots take a man where he wants to go. Add in a waistcoat and dapper pocket kerchief for a look that is both traditional and innovative.
The clever layering used by Gagliardi designers and tailors make these clothes hugely versatile from Mediterranean to more northern climates. The muting of some of the colours, without reducing their clarity, also acknowledges the different light effects of brilliant sunshine or more subdued summers and takes the clothes across seasons. It also means that the colours age beautifully to provide effortless and endless wearability and value for money.
Progressing through the seasons and occasions, Gagliardi showcased pinstripe, checked, plain and textured designs and fabrics to show how the same style jacket can dress down trousers, dress up shorts and generally earn its place in your wardrobe.
Styling was impeccable and innovative with trainer type shoes with suits as well as rolled leg chinos, sturdy brogues with bare ankles and suede Oxfords to turn tradition on its head.
Moving on to the AW18 Collection, the audience was wowed with brushed cotton pea coats, fitted three-piece suits in greys and browns, with four button sleeve detailing, slim lapels and tapered trousers to create a lean silhouette and with an attention to detail usually found only in bespoke tailoring.
Layering again played a significant role with ultra-lightweight gilets both over and under jackets. The fashion editors’ predicted big hit for autumn, the rollneck jersey, was in evidence, along with quilted short coats, suede jerkins and foppishly beautiful Paisley scarves.
An outrageously glamorous wool and cashmere overcoat with a faux fur collar harked back to the Wall Street bankers of the 1930s but with a pizzazz worthy of Bond. Flung over a perfectly tailored dinner suit, butterfly collar dress shirt and bow tie, this look summed up the Gagliardi ethos of classic with a twist.
In all, this was a collection of clothes that wowed the audience with its style and sass but was also intensely wearable. Stylish and unusual combinations of tweed and quilting, formal suiting with informal footwear are put together with exquisite tailoring, fine fabrics and appreciation of colours and hues.
If your inner man is one who wants to look and feel good, but without trying too hard as the legendary Dean Martin put it, then you just hit paydirt with Gagliardi’s latest collections.
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