Investment pieces: Wardrobe classics from Brioni FW15
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When you're looking to build the foundation of your wardrobe, it's never a bad idea to turn to Brioni for the essentials. After all, the Italian brand is responsible for the power suits of James Bond (as portrayed by Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig). For FW15, the elegance and fine workmanship of the equestrian world held influence over creative director Brendan Mullane's designs. Luxurious textiles birthed sleek silhouettes through exquisite craftsmanship, infusing the classic menswear with the spirit of riding.
Whether you're attending a dinner event, going on a date or just headed out with the lads, these five items from the fall collection are key to a dapper outfit.
1. Wool and silk navy suit
Only willing to splurge on one suit? Navy is your best bet, not black. A deep blue is appropriate for both business and pleasure, and the print on this wool and silk suit will earn you the style points.
2. Croco belt with brass buckle
Not just for holding up your trousers, a textured brown belt (in luxe croc, no less) is the best way to break up a solid canvas. It will pair beautifully with almost any colour, especially cognac, navy and grey.
3. Reversible silk and nappa leather jacket
Reversible pieces are winners when your aim is to maximise the mileage of your clothing. Stay lean with this silk and nappa collared beauty that feels like a dream when worn, and is so very versatile. Throw it over a crewneck jumper, or drape it over your navy suit with confidence.
4. Calf leather derby with broguing
Oxfords, derbys, loafers and sneakers — we love them all. But as far as a stripped-down wardrobe goes, a brogued derby in rich auburn can do no wrong.
5. Lace-up tux shoe in patent leather
On days where you'd like to put your best (professional) foot forward, the fuss-free black oxford steps up to the plate. But you can still afford to have a little fun with it, and the suede panels on this pair breaks the monotony.