Stuart's Notes

Cutting a dash

with evening wear


Earlier this year I had a customer make an order for a couple of items for his wedding and we were really pleased with the results. The clothes were made for evening wear and so with the Christmas season just about upon us I thought they might provide a spark of inspiration as they’re great for this time of year.

The Holland and Sherry velvet jacket in bottle green would certainly cut a dash. My client commissioned it for a cocktail party on the evening before his wedding. He’d seen a similar piece by a well-known and much-admired US designer and while we sought to replicate the jacket we were also keen to personalise ours. Points to note are the black satin facing and the turn-back cuffs, while the jetted pocket is classic for evening wear. The gentleman wore this with a white open dress shirt, no bow tie and black trousers. And, for sure, he will have looked a million dollars.

Early the following day the customer got married in traditional morning suit attire (which he already had). After a small family meal to celebrate the wedding there was time for a break and a change of clothes ahead of a major evening event with a lot of people attending. The midnight blue mohair barathea jacket is part of a dinner suit that I made for the client. It has a ribbed silk facing, which runs all the way down inside the jacket. With evening wear I tend to do a link button because you get the symmetry of the lapels coming together and it looks just spot-on.

Both midnight blue and bottle green are ideal colours for evening wear. As mentioned, the velvet jacket shown has the satin facing. Often I’ll make up the jacket just in the velvet without the satin facing. It can then be worn in a slightly more casual way, depending on the nature of the event you’re planning to attend.


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