With a mind-blowing variety of colours and styles, New York menswear designers this week previewed the fashions which the well dressed man-about-town will be wearing next spring.
LV Male model: Single breasted tweed suit and cap, plus-fours and mid-calf boots (brown).
LV Floppy double breasted overcoat, pale colour, roll neck shirt, bell bottom trousers, large floppy hat.
LV Striped cape over woollen cardigan and knicker-bocker trousers and boots.
LV Deep russet patent leather overcoat over russet wool and mohair belted jersey and plus fours and boots. Floppy hat.
LV Crepe satin velvet and velour suit in rich tan colour, suit looks one-piece, belted at waist.
LV Grey belted field marshal-type overcoat with shoulder bag.
CU Legs in white trousers checked in broad blue; off-white shoes.
LV Pony skin (liver and white) coat with plain sleeves over matching ponyskin trousers.
LV Belted pale grey single breasted suit, hunting cut, trousers trimmed at bottoms to go into tallish boots.
LV Black cape trimmed in white filigree applique over black trouser suit with white cummerbund with tassels.
LV Grey chinchilla-type fur coat with broad blue seams and pockets over white polo neck and blue-jeans blue trousers into black boots.
LV Beach outfit: very broad wavy stripes, matching swim-suit and dressing gown.
LV Long light-coloured Astrakhan-type fur coat, belted.
LV Silver-fox-type coat, military cut, black belt.
LV Shaggy black fur coat, short.
LV Crowd shot, audience below footlights.
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Background: With a mind-blowing variety of colours and styles, New York menswear designers this week previewed the fashions which the well dressed man-about-town will be wearing next spring.
Variety was the keynote. Proletarian peasant ensembles competed for attention with the sort of military fashions favoured by the more severe dictators. The odd grey-flannel suit was eclipsed by flamboyant, peacock-coloured designs in fur, leather, crepe, velour and even satin.
The organisers of the show admitted that today's styles are dictated more by the taste of the individual than by the whims of fashion houses.
But the designers did lay down one dictate. Knee-length coats are out. Today's fashion-conscious male, no matter how individual his taste, will have to settle for midi-or maxi-length coats.