Over the years, designer Troy Costa has become a metaphor for impeccable tailoring, sharp cuts and superb finishing. Perhaps that what makes his signature double breasted windowpane checks suits such a red carpet favourite. For any menswear observer, it doesn’t take very long to osmose the Troy Costa aesthetic. The Troy Costa man is the quintessential dandy, who loves his floral shirts, likes to complete his suit look with a collar pin and adds a hint of colour in the form of nifty socks. The designer’s sixth sense understanding of tailoring and his single-minded focus on wearable dressing which takes you from a boardroom to a party haunt makes him a cut-above-the-rest.
His Woolmark line showcased last night, inspired by the Italian aesthetic, prompted a mild shiver of that sartorial sensation. Six-buttoned double breasted suits stood out and so did the windowpane check blazers with peak lapels worn with red trousers. The floral ties and vibrant pocket square added the Florentine dandy vibe to the show taking us back to the Great Wall of Pitti Uomo.
One can easily picture Troy’s boys on a vespa soaking in the Italian sun and one can also see them at a formal dinner in a member’s only club. In an interaction with me, the designer had shared, “Double breasted suit will take on a new dimension. Earlier the DB suit had a V like format but now it’s more hugging and slim – tapered waist, comfort at chest and the lapels being wider and shoulder padding being very light.”
At the Woolmark outing, he envisioned a man who is conservative in his taste but likes to experiment in terms of colour and pattern combos and the result was an array of extremely wearable and refined looks.