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Betting an improved economy is around the corner, tailored clothing makers are ready to take risks again for spring-summer 2010. This optimistic view of the new suit manifests itself in unconstructed, fluid tailoring with a softer shoulder. Long gone are the traditional gentleman’s patterns in favor of light solids, plain weaves and tonal creams. The at-ease attitude welcomes blazers in shirt fabrics, a wider offering of cotton and linen ensembles, and unlined suits.

This story first appeared in the May 14, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

MODEL: TIMO/WILHELMINA; HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ANNA BERNABE; FASHION ASSISTANT: LUIS CAMPUZANO