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The finest ceremonial garments from the top brands

by 04 September 2012

Baptisms, graduations, anniversaries, inaugurations, first nights at the opera, award ceremonies: there are countless important events that represent milestones in our lives, powerful emotions in the company of our family, friends and colleagues that leave a lasting impression. Luckily, the great fashion maisons are ready to take you by the hand and fit you out for whatever high society event awaits you. With that touch of eccentricity that has become a constant hallmark of contemporary glamour, providing a subtle link to the latest fashion trends. (In the photo below, a tuxedo by Zilli, fall-winter 2012-13).

"The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed," said Honoré de Balzac. So, the highlight is on classic garments that are always in style, whether made-to-measure or prêt-à-porter. Just follow the rules of the perfect gentleman.

Ermenegildo Zegna presents classical wear, ideal for official, ceremonial occasions. For the autumn/winter season, the maison presents black suits and white shirts, in perfect 007 style. Jackets are tight-waisted, with a single button to highlight the shirt, worn with a narrow tie or a bow tie.

Boss Selection employs its suit savoir-faire alongside fine Italian fabrics cut out into sleek contemporary silhouettes. Inspired by the style of late Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, the fall/winter collection mixes berry shades such as purple and red on tailored suits. Peak lapels, contrast-colour lining and pleat-top trousers make it a modern man’s must.

Zilli’s Alain Schimel presents a formal and discreet style, and this year the brand takes inspiration from the Bohemian atmosphere of fin de siècle Paris. The look is completed by a peak lapel jacket, and smart, sophisticated textiles such as silk jacquard, in perfect Zilli style.

Pal Zileri moves towards unconventionality, in a totally black look with sequins, Swarovski crystals, chains and studs, minimalist pocket flaps and trim. Ideal for a man who expects only the best, and who has an eye to the latest fashion trends. Shades of anthracite grey have nuances verging on silver; midnight blue and dark brown are combined with gold in a dazzling trio. The coloured edging on the jackets is a beautiful touch, perfect for a note of originality.

For an occasion that is not excessively formal, we recommend the classic two or three-piece suit, which should be black or dark blue. Brioni, famous for bespoke garments, presents straight-leg trousers and classic jerseys, in super-soft, warm textiles. The colours are principally black, dark grey and purple, but there are lighter hues as well, such as beige, for example in a suit with double-breasted, tight-waisted jacket.

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