Hong Kong based bespoke tailor Ascot Chang has chosen a modern take on traditional English country attire for Fall 2014. Relying heavily on texture, menswear guru Michael Macko sought dimensional takes on every luxury fabric from soft wool-cashmere flannels to high-twist thornproof tweeds.
The collection, took on a decided more casual air for the season, but not so much so that the labels legions of devotees will feel forsaken. The safari jacket was the foundation or many of the more casual takes on suiting & looked especially right in a tailored, shorter, slim silhouette that gave the classic piece a definite modern veneer. They appeared in a range of seasonal fabrics, making them ideal layering pieces that are the must-have weekend options for the Ascot Chang man.
For the suits, the texture journey was not forgotten, however the texture was more refined & understated. The best options were when contrasting textures are used on the same ensemble – think Donegal tweeds, over a Swiss Dot shirt with a super subtle polka dotted tie to create a dose of whimsy in unexpected places. These sorts of novel details usually aren’t found in bespoke collection as this one, but rather on the runways of Milan or London. Macko not only did it, but outdid all the others as these were the best takes on tailored menswear we’ve seen in some time.
Shirts made a strong statement for the season as well as they were just as textured as the clothing elements. Wool-cotton Viyellas are worn underneath the shirt jackets, while slubby cotton-silk shirtings, woven in large two-toned ginghams are the statements in sport shirts. The button down collars were a bit larger in proportion for this season, which marks a new direction in men’s tailored clothing overall. We suspect others will be following soon.
Another new statement was the introduction of a series of robes that were shown as dressing gowns or longer length smoking jackets when worn over a shirt, tie, & tweed trousers. There was even a long version in dark tones that seriously worked as a tuxedo option for a holiday party where the wearer is the host.
There are two Ascot Chang retail locations in the United States, one on Central Park South in Manhattan & another in Beverly Hills, CA, as well as numerous other store fronts in Asia. Shirts range in price from $200.00-$400.00, safari jackets from $600 – $1000, robes from $750 – $1500 & bespoke suits from $2,500 to $5,000.
Company Site: www.ascotchang.com
Publicity: Tracee Yang
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