On the menswear spectrum, suiting and street wear sit firmly at opposing ends. Bringing the two together sounds impossible, but that is just what high street tailoring label Noose and Monkey have done with their latest collaboration.
Partnering with street wear label Hype, the two have created a range of six suits and three formal shirts which blend the traditional cuts and styles of formal tailoring with edgy, urban prints.
Available from ASOS.com, the team at Noose and Monkey have sought to refresh the regimented, repetitive world of high street tailoring and so have collaborated with Hype Clothing to add a new dimension to men’s suiting through use of vivid and distinctive prints.
The combination of these two opposing styles of menswear has resulted in a suiting collection focused on high quality tailoring pieces with a unique edge. This has been achieved through suit jackets, trousers and waistcoats being adorned with vibrant, individual prints.
The prints themselves vary from watercolour florals to sci-fi galaxy riffs to renaissance inspired patterns, with each suit differing in its textures to give them all a unique, individual quality.
For those a little less adventurous or who just don’t fancy wearing an all-over print, there are some more traditional pieces in the collection, like simple black suit trousers for example, but even these are elevated with more subtle printed linings to give them that Hype edge.
We are seeing more and more designer fashion labels collaborating with street wear labels, hinting at the substantially growing trend for street wear in mainstream fashion.
After the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration, as well as Mary Katrantzou’s partnership with Adidas and the recently announced Beyoncé x Topshop sportswear pairing, street wear is a sure fire way to stay in fashion for the foreseeable future. Trying to stay ahead of the fashion game when it comes to suiting, however, has always been a challenge.
This collaboration seems to solve that problem and aims to revive the, some would say, stale suiting industry and bring it back into contemporary fashion. The prints themselves may be slightly outlandish for some tastes but one thing is for certain: you’re definitely going to stand out against all the other guys playing it safe in black or grey.