What gives that point in time such great relevance is that it was the first time the primacy of the suit was seriously shaken since its start in the late 1700s. With the rise of the importance of the young in the retail industry, and the beginning of the Space Age, with all the forward thinking that it brought with it, designers wanted to experiment heavily, not only with the new textiles that were flooding the market, like polyester, dacron, orlon, lurex, and spandex, but with new ideas about shape and proportion.
Designers like Pierre Cardin were unbuttoning the buttoned down looks of the fifties, and creating new ways for men to see, and express themselves. Jump suits, tunics, leggings, and frankly retro looks, all mixed together in the pot. The field was open to wander in, and many cultures and times were given a chance to breathe and speak their sartorial voice.
Wildly printed Nehru suit by Blades
An experiment in pattern and texture in polyester knit
Maxicoat that recalls the greatcoats of the early 1800s
A reference to the 18th century
A strong infusion of color, and a further breakdown of the suit into a more casual mode.
Pulling damasks and brocades into the process, the results are far more luxe than before.
And well, because its just Soooooo 60s.