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A New Age – Fashion News

Tom Ford’s autumn collection offers a classic-with-a-twist wardrobe for modern sophisticates – and secret agents.

In the years following the launch of his eponymous label in 2006, Tom Ford was known for turning out beautifully cut suits and formalwear. Since the beginning of this year, however, the designer has been turning his attention to his clients’ off-duty wardrobes as well.

Taking inspiration from the ’60s, his Fall/Winter 2015/16 collection is a convincing elaboration of Ford’s aim of clothing his customers for work, play and everything in between. United by slim silhouettes and a restrained palette – simple checks punctuate solid greys and blacks – the collection is focused, even as it covers all the bases. Ranging from denim jackets to black leather peacoats, and narrow casual suits to geometric-patterned cocktail jackets, the pieces are just about everything a well-dressed gent might need for several seasons to come.

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Speaking of stylish men, they don’t get much more dapper than our favourite British spy, James Bond. Slated for local release early next month, the latest 007 film, Spectre, will see actor Daniel Craig wearing Tom Ford (the third time the brand is dressing the actor in his Bond role).

Craig will wear both casual and formal clothing by the brand, including its classic-cut O’Connor suit and the Windsor three-piece suit. These suits are available as off-the-rack and made-to-measure (MTM) options, and fans can get customised versions of these suits (and more) when the brand’s Milan-based MTM specialist stops over in Singapore from Oct 23 to 25. To book a private appointment, e-mail tomfordmtm@fjbenjamin.com or call 6222-3778.

02. ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING

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To fully appreciate Massimiliano Giornetti’s autumn collection for Salvatore Ferragamo, you can’t just look – you’ll have to touch. From oversized scarves to colourful, chunky knits, it’s a highly tactile collection filled with fantastic imagery and craftsmanship. Animal motifs, for instance, make surprising appearances on outerwear, rendered in multi-hued embroidery and leather patchwork. Cable-knit sweaters are distinguished by artisanal touches such as motifs interwoven with leather stitching. There are, of course, still plenty of choices for those with simpler tastes – tailored suiting and coats round off Giornetti’s offerings.

03. KEEPING IT COOL

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Moncler’s down jackets have long been a cold-weather staple for stylish jet-setters. Soon, the French-Italian brand will finally open its first South-east Asian outpost at Ion Orchard. The store, which is slated to open before the end of the year, will carry the full range of Moncler’s main lines, as well as its Grenoble specialist ski range. Naturally, the new store will open with its Fall/Winter 2015/16 men’s and women’s collections. Expect styles inspired by the ’60s and ’70s, with jackets in fabrics such as cashmere, shetland and alpaca wool, flannel, tweed and kid mohair.
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04. SMART DRESSING

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Following widely publicised trials at events like the US Open 2014, Ralph Lauren’s Polotech smart shirt finally makes its retail debut. Paired with a specially developed app, this fitness shirt has sensory receivers that track a whole range of the wearer’s stats during a workout: heart rate, breathing depth, movement intensity, energy output, and so on. The app uses this information to create customised workouts – which should push users to greater fitness levels and (hopefully) help them look ever better in said shirt. Available at www.ralphlauren.com.

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