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post #16 of 30
When I gave up living out of a backpack and started making money, I thought Dolce and Gabbana was the answer because of the little things the designers did to their suits that made them stand out from the average, run of the mill suit that seemed like a uniform more than a choice. Now I prefer different kinds of differences. I think Dolce and Gabbana is a good thing to "go through," like a bad relationship. On second thought, maybe it's an experience better not had. They do make cool leather jackets though.
post #17 of 30
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I have the chance to buy a new Spring 2005 Dolce & Gabanna suit with a 50% discount which will lower the price from a scarifying $1900 to a merely outrageous $950.  Should I do it?  The suit has a nice pattern: it's a very dark navy (dark enough to look almost grey/black) with muted goldenrod stripes spaced about an inch apart.  The thin cut is very flattering on me (I'm 6', 160 lbs.) and the fit is great and it's comfortable.  The suit is obviously fused, however, and I can't shake the impression that I'm getting ready to spend $900 on what is basically a piece of junk.  I expect to pay a premium for the name, for the season and for the trendy cut, but is any of the price at all attributable to quality of manufacture or is every exhorbitant dollar explained by the label? More generally, what is the quality of suits made by high-fashion, up-to-the-second designers like Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Dior Homme, Raf Simons, etc?  Are any of these brands particularly known for good suit construction or is the high price merely a reflection of the designer's name and the style of the suit with no relationship to manufacture? Thanks in advance for the advice.
$1 900 for a fused suit? They take people for fools.
post #18 of 30
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Chuck,  the only thing I see wrong with your assessment is just the assumption that Trend Corneliani looks as good/better in person than D&G. It is certainly more youthful than their main line, but it's still in a different league from D&G in terms of purpose and fit. I'm not arguing any factual claims but I do think that you're paying for one-of-a-kind fit when you buy a Dolce suit and not just the name.
Thanks for correcting me on that Brian. No argument from me on that one. I've seen/sold some Dolce suits and they are nothing if not unique but having worn neither Dolce nor Corneliani's Trend line I can't comment on fit specifics. Some of the higher end Dolce stuff I've seen was nice - I looked it over and thought "that's really cool" but it isn't to my tastes so I am speaking only in generalities. Note - When I say "Not my taste", in no way imply that as a slap at Dolce - I am demonstrably uncool and tend to favor the very conservative. Note (2): Being demonstrably uncool is fine, the problem is when you are unaware of the absence of cool. ie - Richie Cunningham trying on the Fonz's jacket and attempting a lameass 'Ayyyyyyy.' :-)
post #19 of 30
I love canvased suits. If you are used to fused suits, you will feel the difference when wearing canvassed suits. Also, if you are used to wearing average canvased suits such as E.Zegna, Canali, etc then when you wear suits like Attolini, Brioni, or Kiton, you will feel a different sensation. I would never buy suits from these well marketed Euro designers. I would buy suits from fine tailor houses such as Canali, Brioni, Kiton, Attolini, etc...
post #20 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all the SF boulevardiers for weighing in, especially those with some personal experience with D&G.  Thanks to you I will be wearing the suit basking in its attention-getting good looks, pushing all misgivings about what's on the inside to the back of my mind.  Much like, as johnapril suggested, a chorus-girl misstress, who I'd enjoy on my arm without thinking about the day she'd cast me aside like a, well, like a cheap suit. Nick
post #21 of 30
What's the lining look like? Dan
post #22 of 30
Hey, I understand that Brioni, Kiton, Oxxford, Belvest, and the rest have better quality fabric and tailoring than the designer brands. But my I (6'1, 155 pounds) have tried on several of these brands (telling me they have better quality) and they all look extremely baggy, the pants are pleated and tapered, and the sleeves are way too short. I prefer the way I look in the designer suits which everyone here says are badly made. I even find Dolce a bit too loose. I prefer the way I look in Gucci or YSL. Any thoughts on those brands, boys? I've been lurking for a while, but this is my first post. Thanks.
post #23 of 30
If you have access to a Jil Sander or Prada boutique, try on their suits. All are fully canvassed, a recent update for Prada, and both are slim-fitting cuts. Prada has started a MTM program, for the spender in you. For the miser, try out YOOX, although right now their Prada is the 2003 leftover, which may still be of the fused construction. YOOX carries Jil, however, and if you like what you see in a boutique, you can count on what you buy on YOOX to be of the same construction and quality. Someone around here talks up Helmut Lang and Dior as being pretty slim-fitting. They'll probably be on line tomorrow during regular business hours. Good luck.
post #24 of 30
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Hey, I understand that Brioni, Kiton, Oxxford, Belvest, and the rest have better quality fabric and tailoring than the designer brands. But my I (6'1, 155 pounds) have tried on several of these brands (telling me they have better quality) and they all look extremely baggy, the pants are pleated and tapered, and the sleeves are way too short. I prefer the way I look in the designer suits which everyone here says are badly made. I even find Dolce a bit too loose. I prefer the way I look in Gucci or YSL. Any thoughts on those brands, boys? I've been lurking for a while, but this is my first post. Thanks.
Dolce certainly has wider shoulders than YSL or Gucci, all three of which I am fond of myself, for different reasons. YSL Rive Gauche prices are absolutely insane, though, so I'll probably not ever own one. If you say you like the way you look in YSL and Gucci, then there's not much arguing to be had. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as they say.
post #25 of 30
Hey, Brian, anyone else who's on: How would you wear a cream colored blazer? It's a 3-button made of cotton with a ticket pocket. Would you do that with jeans, khakis, anything else? thanks, John
post #26 of 30
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How would you wear a cream colored blazer?  It's a 3-button made of cotton with a ticket pocket.  Would you do that with jeans, khakis, anything else?
I'd go with medium-dark jeans, and maybe a sky-blue or lavender shirt - solid, stripe, check, doesn't matter. A shirt with some brown in it might look good, too. No khakis - that's an "I-got-dressed-in-the-dark" look.
post #27 of 30
Cool. Thanks.
post #28 of 30
brian sd: as for ysl rive gauche, i have one suit, a totally unlined silk and wool number, beautiful tailoring on the inside i may add, and the shoulders are a bit wider than my jil sander or helmut lang, seemingly padded slightly, and from memory, they would appear to be wider than some of the dolce e gabbana suits i've tried on - it may be this particular model though; it's not a huge width difference (and is more veritcal than anything) but it's there
post #29 of 30
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Hey, Brian, anyone else who's on: How would you wear a cream colored blazer?  It's a 3-button made of cotton with a ticket pocket.  Would you do that with jeans, khakis, anything else? thanks, John
I have a linen blazer which is in between cream and sand. I really like it but it's hard to find anything besides jeans to wear it with, since it just doesn't look right with darker colored pants.
post #30 of 30
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brian sd: as for ysl rive gauche, i have one suit, a totally unlined silk and wool number, beautiful tailoring on the inside i may add, and the shoulders are a bit wider than my jil sander or helmut lang, seemingly padded slightly, and from memory, they would appear to be wider than some of the dolce e gabbana suits i've tried on - it may be this particular model though; it's not a huge width difference (and is more veritcal than anything) but it's there
Yes, that definitely sounds unsual for YSL RG, but they go back and forth with different designers seemingly often, so at the same time it doesn't sound out of place. Every YSL Rive Gauche I have sampled has had extremely narrow, structured shoulders and lots of waist supression as well as beautiful tailoring as you noted. John I think lighter cream sports jackets go really well with darker shoes (sneakers in my case) and very washed-out vintage jeans (Levis 501 seems to do best), and maybe a Helmut Lang black V-Neck t-shirt underneath the jacket.
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