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Occasionwear Indicator, February 6 2015

Find out what’s selling now in the world of occasionwear and men’s formalwear.

Womenswear

Condici

Condici

Pauline Spiers, owner of Catwalk in Falkirk, Scotland

“Our bestsellers at the minute are mother-of-the-bride dresses, most notably Condici below-the-knee dresses with either a matching jacket (£650) or long lace sleeves (£400), in navy and pink or navy and ivory. Ispirato is popular for statement dresses (£290), in particular in grey, while John Charles dresses in shades of lemon and cobalt blue (£750) are in demand as we look towards summer. For spring 16 we have just introduced a new brand, Veni Infantino, which is fast becoming a bestseller. Dresses with chiffon coats in soft blues, blush and lemon (£400) are current favourites.”

Linea Raffaelli

Linea Raffaelli

Elaine Murrihy, manager of Ela Maria in Newcastle West, County Limerick, Ireland

“New for spring 16 is a collection of dresses for a younger mother of the bride by Fely Campo, which are proving really popular in shades of pale blue, gold and silver, that go in at the waist and out at the skirt, with matching bolero jackets (€700 to €900/£532 to £685). Linea Raffaelli is a big seller, especially its fitted dresses reaching just below the knee in coral, pale pink or champagne (€700 to €800/£533 to £609). Condici is also doing well. The label offers layered lace styles in peppermint green and pink (€800 to €900/£609 to £685), which are popular in larger sizes.”

Denise Lynch, owner of Lynch’s Banagher, County Offaly, Ireland

Condici fitted dresses and jackets (€900/£685) in pink and turquoise are selling well to the mature lady, as they cover up more, especially for those who are slightly taller or larger. The Carla Ruiz collection (€250 to €300/£190 to £228) sells to a younger, more petite lady (up to 5ft 4 inches or 5ft 5 inches) looking for a modern look. The dresses are slightly shorter, falling on or just above the knee and are particularly popular in shades of pink and turquoise. We’ve just introduced Veni Infantino for spring 16, which offers a slightly longer-line jacket as part of a dress-and-jacket set (€524/£400). It’s still early days and the brand is fairly unknown among shoppers but we’ve seen much interest in the selection already.”

Ispirato

Ispirato

Jane Kingsley, director of Jane Young in Newark, Nottinghamshire

Condici lace dresses and jackets (£700) are a big trend, in particular in shades of duck egg blue and soft pink, as well as combinations of silver and ivory, and navy and white. Other big sellers include Ispirato’s cornflower blue dress with net detail (£500) and John Charles’ scallop hem and embroidered dresses (£500 to £700) in soft greens and pale pinks. Luis Civit has a beautiful satin pleat dress and jacket in soft gold and ivory (£500). For spring 16 we are introducing a range of dresses and jackets from D.Exterior (£300).”

John Charles

John Charles

Allison Jayne, owner of Allison Jayne in Swansea, Wales

“Our bestselling brand is John Charles, in particular fitted dresses in blush pink and silver, as well as dress and jacket sets (£600 to £700). Other good sellers are Condici dresses and jackets in navy and ivory (£700), and Ian Stuart fitted below-the-knee pastel dresses (£700).”

Joseph Ribkoff

Joseph Ribkoff

Laura Thomas, owner of L’Armoire in Llanidloes, Powys, Wales

“Our biggest seller is definitely Joseph Ribkoff. We’ve found people favouring comfortable styles they can wear again, including dresses (£220) and jackets (£150) in bright jewel colours. We also sell a lot of hats, in particular ones made by local bespoke milliner Gingers Millinery, in a wonderful selection of styles and colours, ranging from the traditional to the unusual (£50 to £200). For spring 16 we are introducing new brands like Dress Code by Veromia, a selection of mother-of-the-bride two-piece lace dresses and jackets in shades of lemon, beige and pink (£500). We’re also adding Linea Raffaelli dresses (£600) and skirt suits (£700) in pink and peach.”

Melanie Ridgway, owner of Muse Bridal in Newport, Shropshire

“We’ve just started to introduce our spring 16 stock and have seen good trade for dresses, rather than dress-and-jacket sets. We do particularly well with Carla Ruiz (£350), whose young and quirky dresses are suitable for races and weddings, as well as Cabotine (£650), which offers more classic mother-of-the-bride styles in terms of fit, style, colour and fabric. These brands do very well in shades of duck egg blue, turquoise and soft pink.”

Menswear

Gibson

Gibson

Brian Smith, owner of Leaf Clothing in Newcastle Upon Tyne

“Our biggest sellers at the minute are definitely tweed and herringbone jackets by Remus Uomo (£135 to £165) and Gibson (£185 to £205) in blue and brown. Long-sleeve shirts by Giordano (£65 to £80) are selling well due to their tapered fit, with hidden buttons and detailed trims. Trousers (£99) by Mac are also selling well, especially its no-crease trousers. We’re going to be visiting various showrooms to buy our spring stock and have trips planned for Manchester, London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.”

Gant

Gant

Paul Bone, co-director of Bone Clothing in Lewes, East Sussex

“Our bestsellers are shirts, particularly those from Eterna (£60, reduced to £40) and Profuomo (£60, reduced to £40), because they do classic business shirts with a twist, like a different pattern inside the collar and cuffs. Gant’s Oxford shirts (£80) have always been very popular too. We went on Sale in the first week of January with between 40% and 50% off, ending at the end of the month. For spring 16 we’re introducing R2 Westbrook, a range of bright, long-sleeved shirts (£80) in floral, car and bird prints. Trend-wise I’ve noticed our average customer, who is slightly older (aged mid-50s plus), starting to wear a slimmer silhouette trouser like the ones by Meyer (£95), as well as slightly longer jackets, almost frock-coat inspired, by Remus Uomo (£199).”

Anthony Sedgwick, manager of Black’s Menswear in Stafford

“We sell a lot of Roy Robson suits (£300 to £600) and short-cut, two-button jackets (£250 to £350), in shades of grey and blue. Without Prejudice sells well for its more unusual designs. We sell a lot of the brand’s velvet jackets (£300 to 350), three-piece suits (£465 to £595) and printed colourful shirts (£100 to £120), again in dark colours and blues. People nowadays are leaning more towards a plain suit rather than those with pinstripes or patterns, looking out for a classic, tailored piece with a good fit and quality cloth.”

Boss Black

Boss Black

Nigel Broadbent, manager of Peter Charles in Lancaster

Hugo Boss Black slim-fit suits (£480) and jackets (£399) in shades of blue and black are, as always, very popular. We also see a lot of demand for Magee suits (£350) and tweed jackets (£250). We plan on sticking to our trusted brands this spring 16, such as Magee and Hugo Boss, and have already introduced some of their new formalwear collections into store, including suits (£400) and jackets (from £300). More will come out as the weather improves.”

Bladen

Bladen

Ben Salmon, departmental manager at Walters of Oxford in Oxford

“Our most popular suits come from Carl Gross, which is popular for its navy wool three-piece suits with satin stripe detailing (£350), and slimmer-cut dinner jackets with a notch lapel (£385) in navy and charcoal. Magee tweed three-piece suits (£400), in particular in brown and green Donegal Tweed, are also in demand. Bladen is our top-end suit selection of two-piece suits (£500) and tweeds (£450). For spring 16 we plan to stick to our loyal brands, such as Magee, Bladen and Carl Gross, and we will introduce new styles into our shop next month. I’m particularly excited about new jackets by Carl Gross (£390), which have contrast-colour buttonhole stitching and buttons.”

Tim Hobden, director of Landmark in Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Santinelli, Circle of Gentlemen and 1 Like No Other are bestsellers for their two-button, single-breasted jackets in tweed, as well as shades of grey and green (£239 to £399). We have released small amounts of new spring 16 stock and have high hopes for shirts by Circle of Gentlemen and 1 Like No Other (£110 to £150). Garments with trims and details seem to have slowed down in trade as people tend to choose more understated pieces with interesting cloths in checks and bright colours. I believe bright blue will be a strong seller this spring and I am going to visit trade show Jacket Required [held this week at the Truman Brewery in London], not to buy from new brands but to see what our already established ones have to offer.”

Without Prejudice

Without Prejudice

Richard Town, owner of Raymond Town Menswear in Saltaire, West Yorkshire

Benvenuto is a very popular brand for us, especially its single-breasted suits (£350) in a range of mid-blue tones. Remus Uomo (£135 to £165) and Without Prejudice (£300 to £350) are good sellers in terms of jackets. We are seeing a trend for single-breasted jackets in blue, as well as a move towards softer, unstructured jackets. We are also attending CPD in Dusseldorf [January 29-February 1] to look into new styles being introduced by the brands we already stock, in particular unstructured jackets in summer blues, as we believe these will be big this spring 16.”

 

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