With the exception of my wedding day some 18 years ago, I am never caught in a dress of any kind. I’ve always preferred a strong, put-together trouser suit, and never more so than for formal evening occasions.
So it was with something close to glee that I discovered Pallas, a chic Parisian atelier helmed by husband-and-wife team Daniel Pallas and Véronique Bousquet, who have crafted tuxedos and suits for venerated fashion houses such as Céline, Balenciaga and Hardy Amies, as well as for royalty.
A limited collection of the couple’s work can be found at Barneys in New York and 10 Corso Como in South Korea, as well as at several high-end global fashion retailers, but a personal visit to their Paris studio really brought the specialness of their craft to life for me. Here, the hands-on duo oversee every aspect of the process, from pattern cutting to the hand-stitching of each fine garment.
The Pallas signature is a strong, precisely tailored silhouette, using the finest grain de poudre and double-crepe wool, and incorporating lustrous detailing in organza, metallic Lurex and sumptuous satin. I felt instantly at home in this nirvana of no-nonsense, wide-legged trousers and cigarette pants, chic-yet-comfortable jackets and subtly glittering underpinnings.
While I would’ve happily worn any and all of these exquisitely tailored garments, it was a classic tuxedo jacket with satin lapels (€1,500) and matching high-waisted trousers (€900) that stood out as a wardrobe staple. Perfectly suited to my low-waisted physique, it was clear that I would be able to wear these throughout the festive season and well beyond.
While the more adventurous tuxedo takes (sadly) didn’t suit my style, they were glorious to look at: the stunning citrus-coloured satin combinations (jacket €1,400; trousers €800) and the bronze Lurex jacket (€1,600) with flowing trousers (€1,180) screamed Studio 54 by way of YSL – someone’s going to have a ball in those.
My own tuxedo’s first outing was to a black-tie 50th birthday soiree. There was very little need for adornment – I just added a pair of sky-high satin heels and the tone was set for a magical evening.