Brilliant black tie from Chester Barrie

The Savile Row tailor’s stylish alternatives to the traditional black suit

When Edward Sexton became tailoring consultant at Chester Barrie in 2012, eveningwear soon became a strong suit, with powerful shoulder lines, bold lapels, sumptuous fabrics and retro accents. Stylish alternatives to the black dinner suit include a rich midnight-blue mohair/wool three-piece (£1,100, pictured) with black grosgrain shawl lapels on both jacket and waistcoat, and a grey version (£1,110). The Savile Row tailor is an official sponsor of the Olivier theatre awards, celebrating 40 years on April 3, and has a tradition of dressing attendees, including David Hare and Luke Evans. Either suit would work brilliantly for a grand occasion like this.

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