We have long been told that the traditional idea of a suit is dead. Buried, said the trend forecasters, with old office modes: the 9 to 5, leaving your work 'at work', and talking on the phone. In its place would be a new style of suiting. One altogether more relaxed, modern and designed in a way that doesn't signal 'work place'.
All well and good in theory, but we've been hard pressed to find such examples in droves. Too often said 'modern tailoring' simply made use of a slimmer lapel or softer, less formal fabrics. But they still felt smart in the traditional sense. Too much grey worstead and navy cavalry twill.
What tailoring needed was a shake up, perhaps in the form of a hype brand hero like Virgil Abloh being appointed creative director at a traditional French house like Louis Vuitton.
The resulting tailoring, presented as part of Vuitton's pre fall 2020 collection does not feel appropriate for a regular old office and that's exactly the point.
The chalkstripe suit, a calling card of business tailoring takes design cues from streetwear's obsession with cross-body garments and features a neck piece that sits over a shirt. Unmissable on the wearer, it's a small tweak that makes a big difference.
Suits are dead. Long live wavy tailoring.
Jacket (under), harness (over), trousers, shoes, prices on request, Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses, shirt (under), shirt (over), trousers, shoes, prices on request, Louis Vuitton
Jacket (under), harness (over), trousers, prices on request, Louis Vuitton
Sweater, necklace, prices on request, Louis Vuitton
Hat, jacket (under), harness (over), trousers, sneakers, prices on request, Louis Vuitton
Styling: Rusty Beukes
Photographer: Francesco Scotti at MMG Artists
Model: Mateo at MMG Models
Grooming: Melanie Meyer at MMG Artists
Junior Producer: Malaika Naik
Fashion Assistant: Elham Safieddine