Project Dinner Jacket

Last fall, Italian menswear luxury brand Brioni and London’s Royal College of Art launched a three-year partnership, with the goal of passing on Brioni’s master tailoring techniques to a new generation of emerging British menswear designers. And at Men’s Fashion Week in Milan late last month, the first fruits of the partnership were finally on display in a competition designed around a classic menswear staple—the dinner jacket.

With technical ability and creativity weighing equally, Simon Travers-Spencer took the Brioni Award with his bold jacket design, which used stripe detailing reminiscent of those traditionally seen on tuxedo trousers and mixed fabrics, juxtaposing a subdued grey body with blue sleeves and purple lapels. Jae Wan Park took the Tailoring Award for his subtly innovative black jacket with hide-and-seek lapels, while Louise Loubatieres won the Neiman Marcus Award for her special brand of understated sophisticated in traditional black.

—Anastasia Vye




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