Damn my leg length discrepancy. On the plus side I'm sure there will be some fantastic fabrics to choose from.
First and foremost, I like black because it works well with my skin tone and hair color. But Mike is totally right that the trend has been against it. I don't think I've had many black items (other than shoes) in my closet since high school (graduated 2001). I wore a lot of black t-shirts in the late 90s but about halfway through high school I switched to wanting to look a little more like an adult and less like a punk kid (despite definitely still being pretty much a punk kid).
Then in the 2000s, it felt like a black suit was what was worn by the same people wearing terrible corrected-grain slip-on square-toe Kenneth Cole shoes and "dark purple dress shirts." Or aging Hollywood douchebags in their 40s or 50s desperately trying to still look young wearing black denim and ill-fitting leather jackets. And as I got into law school, I started trying to build a lawyer wardrobe, which meant conservative choices like navy & grey suits, blue and white shirts, etc. Certainly not any black. Black is not trad.
But I think (and it seems Mike agrees) that things are changing for the better. Again, take a look at any of the top-rated SW&D fits over the past year. Especially the #1:
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It looks great, and it's not even so crazy that it wouldn't be accessible to probably 90% of the people who post in this thread. But I doubt most of you have any pieces like any of this yet, and I doubt we'd have seen a fit like this a few years ago when everyone was obsessed with raw denim and Indy boots.
If you ask me where I think things are heading though, I would tell you that Parker is probably ahead of the trend and a good indication of what to expect to see, if not exactly. I don't think everyone is going to start wearing bell-bottom-ish pants. But the rest of this look is very, to use Mike's term, "directional."
I vote for either the olive or forest, but that is 100% my own personal taste and not a guess as to what will sell best.
I bought a BoO red overdye back in 2011 because I thought it looked so damn cool. I ended up selling it at a slight loss on B&S because the BoO fit just didn't work for me.
But I would replace this with an EPLA model in a second:
The key, for me at least, is that it's got to be this fiery almost-orange-ish red for it to really kill. A darker or deeper red doesn't have the same allure.
Think "Porsche Guards Red"
Pantone 185 C:
Plus there is always this great quote from Ann Demeulemeester: "Black is not sad. Bright colors are what depresses me. They’re so… empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not."
Not that I agree 100%; as you guys have probably noticed, I wear bright colors often enough, but she has a point that shouldn't be ignored.
Black lets the emphasis be on the texture of the fabric, which like you're talking about with Parker, if done correctly (ie not clean/sharp), can be far more interesting than just a unique color on an otherwise uninteresting fabric.