Mahershala Ali Has Mastered The Block Colour Suiting Trend
Zegna, the Italian tailoring juggernaut with a 109-year history, knows a thing or two about suits. Not only does the company – which produces all of its own fabrics from its mill in Trivero, Italy – manufacture some of the finest three pieces, two pieces and tuxes known to man, but it also has a clever way with colour that few other brands in its league have mastered.
An ultra-elegant affair – at which Ali engaged in an informative conversation about the nature of masculinity (in line with the brand's new #whatmakesaman campaign) with Zegna's artistic director Alessandro Sartori – Ali owned the room in his bold look, which was no mean feat given that Irina Shayk, Benjamin Millepied, Cameron Dallas and photographer Alexi Lubomirski were there too.
The suit, cut from ultra-fine wool, was single-breasted and featured a sharp tapered leg, but it was really the combination of the ultra-bold hue with Ali's burgundy shirt (note the air tie) and a pair of slick black Chelsea boots that made the look sing.
Ali, after all, is a master of modern tailoring and the subtlety of this outfit, from the shade (which perfectly offset the tone of his skin) to the sporty, low key styling – not to mention the ultra-minimal accessorising – proved the point.
What Ali also is, is a master of thoughtful engagement. During his conversation with Sartori - which sought to delve into what it means to be a man in 2019 - and as he circulated after the dinner, Ali cut an elegant, considered figure, suggesting that though masculinity is undoubtedly about strength and humility, in this age of #metoo and shifting social attitudes it's also about being emotionally available and open.
It's a quality matched by the brand itself, which states as part of the #whatmakesaman: "Masculinity is a state of mind. One that takes on different meanings and includes many qualities, both expected and not: courtesy, politeness, patience, vulnerability, wisdom, eccentricity. What makes a man is the dignity and openness to accept and embrace the contradictions of life, to evolve day by day, being truthful to one’s self, endlessly changing one’s perspective and attitudes."
When it comes to wearing your own block colour look, à la Ali, always remember to keep it tonal, matching similar darker or lighter shades to that of your suit, and to opt for a shade that works well on your skin. Cranberry's not for everyone, but sage green or teal will work well on most.