Dan Ahwa is fashion editor for Viva and Canvas magazines.

Fashion: Tinker tailor

Look sharp with fresh new season suiting and accessories.
Photos / Greg Bowker
Photos / Greg Bowker

Office workers requiring professional looks from head to toe needn't look austere and stuffy - there is plenty of room to showcase individuality and personality, with several designers offering interesting tie combinations and a fresh take on traditional menswear fabrics. Barkers has recently released its new season, limited edition shirts and accessories in collaboration with the iconic Liberty of London. Their distinctive floral and graphic prints, including this micro floral tie (#2), works best against the backdrop of a crisp white shirt.

Crane Brothers, long known for their attention to detail, explore the fine balance between sharp tailoring and a relaxed mood, with a nod to classic American sportswear. New season "Cadwell" trousers are neatly double-pleated and come with a cuffed hemline. They are this season's perfect pant shape; whether teamed with a pair of classic lace-up brogues or clean-cut trainers. It's a silhouette that feels nostalgic but is thoroughly modern in a sea of razor-sharp straight leg shapes.

For slick off-the-rack options, you can't look past the new suiting range from Rodd and Gunn, complemented by premium quality shirting from one of the best fabric mills in the world, Albini, based in Bergamo, Italy.

Their selection of silk ties and leather accessories are perfect examples of easy additions to a tailored look that requires little fuss.

Working Style, Rembrandt and recent Australian menswear newcomer M.J Bale all focus on blue suiting this season: a welcome break from basic black, and a trend that's filtered down from the recent menswear collections in Milan. Indeed, Italian menswear lines such as Ermengildo Zegna and Berlutti have become fashionable among a younger generation of street-style stars and dandies.

1. Crane Brothers two-piece suit $1895, shirt $295, and pocket square $29. Fumagalli tie $295 and Cinabre Paris flower lapel pin $195, also from Crane Brothers.

2. Barkers blazer $400 and Barkers x Liberty tie $90. Topman shirt $80.

3. Topman blazer $290 and trousers $130. Barkers shirt $100 and silk knit
tie $70 and belt $50.

4. M.J. Bale suit $999, shirt, $110, tie $150 and pocket square $60. Barkers belt $50. Obaku watch (worn throughout) $235.

Blue Crush

Add a splash of this season's key colour to your office attire.

Working Style blazer $1290
Rodd & Gunn tie $129
Rembrandt pocket square $69

Stockists

Barkers
Crane Brothers
• M.J. Bale (09) 523 1110
• Rembrandt (09) 524 9209
• Rodd & Gunn (09) 522 0607
Obaku
• Topman 0508 TOPSHOP
• Working Style (09) 358 3010

- Canvas

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