Tailoring's next act

Dim the lights and sit back as we enjoy tailoring’s new starring role – both on the catwalks and here at Selfridges – courtesy of some of our favourite brands.      

She wears: The Kooples – leather blazer and satin trousers and pumps (coming soon). He wears: The Kooples – checked blazer and trousers, and rollneck (all coming soon) / Alexander McQueen – studded brogues (coming soon)

“There are too many hoodies with prints out there,” Raf Simons declared at his Spring 2019 menswear show, sending male models out in jewel-toned satin coats. His collection – along with Helmut Lang, Undercover and Dior’s (among others) – put tailored silhouettes at the top of the menswear agenda again; meanwhile, at the women’s SS20 shows, 80s-style power suits came courtesy of Chloé, Proenza Schouler and JW Anderson. Yes, after seasons of sportswear dominating the runways, tailoring is back in the fashion spotlight – and it feels deliciously counter-intuitive.

She wears: Agent Provocateur – silk kimono and trousers. He wears: Paul Smith – velvet blazer, shirt and trousers
Van Cleef & Arpels – necklace, bangles and rings (available in store) / Agent Provocateur – corset (coming soon) 
Hugo Boss – coat (coming soon). Reiss – blazer and trousers

So what’s new for AW19?

The once fusty pin-striped suit and rollneck-and-blazer combo have a fresh, go-anywhere elegance; while a kimono jacket or classic Le Smoking-style suit in unexpected textures feel thoroughly modern. Think shimmery satin fabrics, luxurious leather, denim and velvet, playful detailing (prints, crystals, chains), and looser, lightweight cuts. 

Corneliani – velvet dress jacket / Tom Ford – shirttrousers and bow tie / Balenciaga – boots
Corneliani – velvet dress jacket / Tom Ford – shirt and bow tie / Lanvin – silver cuff links
Oscar Jacobson – pinstripe blazer and trousers and shirt / Pal Zileri – tie / Tateossian – tie clip / Bottega Veneta – shoes (coming soon)
Pal Zileri – blazer, cashmere polo shirt and trousers (coming soon) / Salvatore Ferragamo – belt and bag (coming soon)
Artica Arbox– blazer (coming soon) and skirt / Nicholas Kirkwood – heels (available in store)


Sophisticated, statement fabrics and subtle punkish details give traditional styles an edge.

– Luke Mountain, Selfridges Buying Manager

Zegna – blazer, shirt (coming soon), trousers (coming soon), roll neck (coming soon) and brogues (coming soon)
Tiger of Sweden – blazer, shirt and trousers / Tom Ford – pocket square

How to make it work for you

AW19’s tailoring is all about taking classic styles and giving them new, edgier twists – whether it’s unexpected colours and fabrics (hello aubergine velvet at Corneliani, chestnut satin at Tiger at Sweden, dark-chocolate leather at The Kooples) or just adding a hint of the outlandish (a pop of neon here and there). And when it comes to formalwear, who doesn’t love the idea of shaking things up a bit?

Belstaff – shearling jacket / John Smedley – roll neck / Slowear – checked trousers (coming soon) / Church's – Chelsea boots
Paul Smith – coat, zip-up top, trousers and Chelsea boots
He wears: Brunello Cucinelli– checked blazer and navy trousers / Tom Ford – shirt / Lanvin – tie / Tateossian – tie pin (coming soon) / Bally – trainers (coming soon). She wears: Brunello Cucinelli – blazer and monochrome jumpsuit / Saint Laurent – patent heels
Brunello Cucinelli – checked blazerTom Ford – shirt / Lanvin – tie. She wears: Brunello Cucinelli – blazer

Tailored to your needs

Whether you're refreshing your winter workwear wardrobe or need a suit for a festive party, explore our online tailoring hub or visit our in-store space at Oxford Street, London. We'll get you suited and booted in no time…

Our tailoring guide

Want to shop the new-look tailoring, right now (we don’t blame you)? Take a peek at our tailoring guide to get you suitably (ahem!) dressed for an upcoming occasion or just a day in the office.

Men's tailoring space, London

Looking for some tailoring advice and tips for your next purchase? Visit our unique in-store space, on 1, at Selfridges Oxford Street, London. With experts on hand and a made-to-measure service, we’ll have you kitted out quicker than you can say “Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred”. Slick.