GAME OF DOU­BLES

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Hot Seat -

Less com­monly spot­ted than their sin­gle-breasted brethren, dou­ble­breasted (DB) jack­ets might seem overly dressy to many suit wear­ers these days, but they ac­tu­ally be­gan life as rel­a­tively sportive, more ca­sual pieces of out­er­wear back in the 19th cen­tury.

In re­cent years, de­sign­ers have fre­quently chan­nelled this his­tor­i­cal ease with dif­fer­ent up­dates to the DB jacket – by short­en­ing its length and eas­ing its fit, for in­stance. Its lat­est in­car­na­tions fea­ture a re­laxed, boxy sil­hou­ette with a longer length, giv­ing the look a laid-back cool­ness with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. In­deed, as part of her first menswear col­lec­tion, Stella McCart­ney – Bri­tish de­signer and daugh­ter of for­mer Bea­tle Paul McCart­ney – cre­ated a plaid suit topped by a four-but­ton DB, a look di­rectly in­spired by her dad’s closet.

Pre­sent­ing his de­but col­lec­tion for Ber­luti, cre­ative di­rec­tor Haider Ack­er­mann also gave his DB a sim­i­lar soul­ful spin: On that run­way, his DB wear­ers in­cluded a long-locked model sport­ing a high-sheen black DB suit, slightly cropped and ta­pered trousers and a gui­tar case slung over his shoul­der. A great ex­am­ple of how to wear the DB suit this sea­son (mu­si­cal in­stru­ment op­tional).

From­left: Ber­luti,Ba­len­ci­aga, Stel­laMcCart­ney, Bot­te­gaVeneta.

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