Exquisite tailoring, razor-sharp cuts and clean lines are the order of the day for the SS12 collection from British label A. SAUVAGE. Established in 2010, by stylist-turned-designer Adrien Sauvage and business partner George Lamb, the label is all about revolutionising the suit and to take the art of formal dressing to somewhere it’s never been before.
Mainly comprised of four colours – black, white, grey and camel, the SS12 collection epitomises classic and minimalist tailoring, but the addition of unique African prints gives this collection a strikingly modern twist (note the BLACK ON BLACK KENTE, DOUBLE BREASTED TUXEDO JACKET). Each piece is crafted to perfection, using the finest of materials like silk and cashmere and with subtle brilliances like placket detailing on all his shirts, the collection will allow you to master the “art of DE” – dress easy – something which has become the mantra of Sauvage’s eponymous line.
My two favourite pieces from the line are the “Short Sleeved Shirt” and the “New City Suit”. The shirt, with its button down collar and kente placket detail has a 1970s feel about it and by pairing it with one of the ties from the collection (Sauvage himself chooses the “Gold Kente silk tie”), it’s going to look effortlessly cool, whether you wear it with smart trousers or jeans and converse. For me, the light grey suit is one of the collection’s highpoints – the single breasted jacket with notch lapel is elegant and sophisticated and the trousers with side adjusters, means that there’s no messing with belts – it’s all about the suit.
A. Sauvage’s SS12 collection is timeless and classic, but it’s also a lesson in modern dressing. Adrien Sauvage’s lookbook “This is Not a Suit” which was showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, embodies the brand’s ethos and redefines what it means to wear a suit. His latest collection is a triumph and with the likes of Burberry Prorsum’s Fall collection all about encapsulating the ‘season of the suit’, let’s give A. Sauvage a round of applause for championing trend first! Gents, it’s time to suit up!