Al­ter­na­tive ways to do for­mal­wear.

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Look Of Style 2018 -

CROWN­ING GLORY Three-piece jacquard suit and shirt, from Dolce & Gab­bana. Silk bow tie, from Ki­ton. Metal cuff­links, from Ermenegildo Zegna.

You can al­ways count on Ital­ian fash­ion pow­er­house Dolce & Gab­bana for un­abashed op­u­lence. This peak-lapel three­piece from its Fall/ Win­ter 2018 col­lec­tion ti­tled “King’s An­gels” fea­tures re­peat­ing crown mo­tifs all over the suit but bal­ances out the busy de­sign by keep­ing the pal­ette black (al­beit with a slight dressy sheen). With a suit this re­gal, not much else needs to be done. Just keep it simple with a black bow tie and match­ing dress shoes.

VEL­VET REV­O­LU­TION Vel­vet blazer, wool trousers and cot­ton shirt, from Ki­ton. Metal cuff­links, from Ermenegildo Zegna.

An­other way to switch it up with the black-tie dress code is with a vel­vet smok­ing jacket. The nat­u­rally lush tex­ture of vel­vet lends a rich­ness to the deep jewel hues of emer­ald, navy or even ma­roon. You can keep it rel­a­tively un­der­stated by ground­ing the jacket with a pair of black trousers, or go the whole hog and do head-to-toe vel­vet.

BLOOM TIME Acrylic, polyester and cot­ton blend suit, from Off-White. Cot­ton shirt, from Brunello Cucinelli. Silk bow tie, from Ki­ton.

Vir­gil Abloh’s choice to present the Off-White col­lec­tion at Pitti Uomo, the bian­nual trade event where ag­gres­sively dap­per gentle­men gather, is al­most as un­ex­pected as this flo­ral jacquard dou­ble-breasted suit. Abloh – poly­math, streetwear sa­vant and now Louis Vuit­ton menswear cre­ative head – is known more for his highly cov­eted graphic T-shirts and sneak­ers. But that’s ex­actly the ap­peal of this de­cid­edly off­beat op­tion, which will stand out with its weighty, retro feel.

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