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Death Of The Suit Jacket?

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A new article claims the classic menswear piece is in “crisis”…

If you believe The Guardian then the men’s tailoring industry is about to undergo a “sea change” as fashion-forward gents rise up against the boring old suit jacket.

The supposed evidence?

A few celebrity red carpet appearances… and a two-month old tweet from Yeezy.

In other words: not exactly the sanest places from which to reach such a conclusion.

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The Guardian begins the article by quoting Kanye’s social media prognostication from March 23: “I strongly dislike suit jackets.”

It’s telling they don’t use the full — and reliably nutty — Yeezy quote:

“On another note, I strongly dislike suit jackets. I used the word dislike because I hate the word hate.”

(If you hate the word hate then why use it in a tweet? Why are we even asking this when we’re talking about Kanye?)

Anyway, on to saner individuals, the bulk of The Guardian article breaks down recent red-carpet choices from Ryan Gosling (broken suit jacket), Shawn Mendes (conceptual suit jacket), Zayn Malik (longer suit/quilted jacket), Nick Jonas (leather jacket) and Troye Sivan (jacketless) to make its point.

Shawn Mendes at the Billboard Awards

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Zayn Malik on The Voice UK

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Troye Sivan at the Billboard Awards.

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While we salute these celebs’ creative looks, we think the demise of the suit might be a little exaggerated.

What are your thoughts?

www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/may/25/suit-jacket-crisis-mens-tailoring-trend-ryan-gosling-shawn-mendes-zayn-malik-seal-nick-jones