More than a thousand leaders of the men's fashion industry from two dozen countries are in London for the 15th World Congress of Master Tailors.
SV Portuguese double-breasted suit in grey with horizontal stripes in prison garb style.
CU Cameraman films Portuguese evening outfit, pale blue jacket over dark navy trousers with silver cummerbund (3 shots)
CU Swiss made red suit
SV and CU Japanese informal evening coat heavily embossed with braid (2 shots)
CV Models on stage
VARIOUS SHOTS OF CLOTHES BEING MODELLED.
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Background: More than a thousand leaders of the men's fashion industry from two dozen countries are in London for the 15th World Congress of Master Tailors. They're predicting an end of the trend that popularised informal wear during the 1960s and the beginning of a new age of elegance.
To prove their point, the tailors put on the sort of designs that they believe will dominate men's wear for the sort of the decade at a London fashion show yesterday (Wednesday, August 29).
Designs varied hugely -- formal day suits from Israel and Finland, a not-so-formal suit in prison stripes from Portugal, and a knockout evening outfit from Japan employing most of the colours in the rainbow. If a general trend emerged, it was probably reminiscent of the elegant 1930s.
SYNOPSIS: Still seeking to make the unconventional acceptable, a Portuguese firm showed a double-breasted suit with a prison stripe. Ideal for the shady businessman, perhaps.
From Portugal again - a palo blue jacket over navy-blue trousers for evening wear, leant further distinction by a silver cummerbund.
In vivid contrast from Switzerland, a suit in bright red. If a general international trend emerged, it was towards the elegance of the Thirties. But, as this flamboyant evening outfit from Japan proved, there'll always be room for plenty of individual flair in bespoke tailoring.