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Savile Row
The Mecca of modern male elegance
Louis V.M.H, October 29, 2007
Roxanne Jones, Ozwald Boateng and a model
Roxanne Jones, Ozwald Boateng and a model
 
The weight of tradition notwithstanding, Savile Row's tailors have proved expert in reinventing themselves. Even before World War Two, several distinctive changes emerged at the impetus of celebrated clients. The Prince of Wales and future King Edward VIII (subsequently the Duke of Windsor after he abdicated) was fond of rather audacious sartorial experiments, including novel colors and mingling patterns. He also eschewed braces (which Americans call "suspenders"), preferring belts , and did away with the vest.

Bespoke
Bespoke
 
In the 1960s and 70s, designer Tommy Nutter  fitted the stars of "swinging London" with decidedly hip clothes. His stellar client list included Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, and both Mick and Bianca Jagger. Today, a new generation of tailors has emerged, led by Ozwald Boateng, who respects the principles of traditional cutting while creating resolutely fashion-forward clothes.

Savile Row
Savile Row
 
Bespoke
Bespoke
 
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