The fit model

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ambulance Chaser, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Mar 7, 2002
    Washington, D.C.
    In a recent issue of GQ, the Style Guy noted that designers design clothing for a certain body type, known as the "fit model," and that certain designers (such as Calvin Klein) design for a slightly more athletic, buffer body.  Does anyone know (from experience with fit or direct knowledge) what body types certain designers design for?  I think that Hugo Boss designs for a more athletic build, but that's only an educated guess.

  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    Hugo Boss does design for a more athletic, fuller body type. Werner Baldessarini, the head designer, has said as much in recent interviews. Here is a far from complete run down, based on their suit fits as I've found them.
    Athletic, or more natural, body types and classic American fit: Boss (wider shoulders, elongated torso), Calvin Klein, Hickey Freeman, Polo, Oxxford. Strangely enough, I've found that Burberry (London) suits also generally fall into this category.
    Natural shoulder: Jil Sander, Helmut Lang, Armani, Donna Karan.
    English style: (higher armholes, more tucked in waist): Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Gieves and Hawkes, Kilgour, French & Stanbury
    The thin designer dukes, long and lean types: (narrow shoulders, agressive cut): Prada, Gucci, and especially Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, most seasons.

    I've not included certain designers like Versace whom I find difficult to categorize.

  3. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Mar 4, 2002
    I don't quite know what you mean by "natural shoulder" but most armani stuff fits me perfectly and i'm more on the slim side. Boss as well for their casual stuff, I am by no means some big muscly guy but their clothes, with the exception of their suits which i don't really fill out, fit well. It's irrelevant though, I would think most people try on their clothes before they buy [​IMG]

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