1. d-money

    December 12, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I dunno, sart. i’m on the fence on this one. i like the idea. the execution is not quite right though. the pants are too long and i’m really not a fan of a suit this luxe with ratty sneakers(lanvin?). love the vest but don’t quite know how i feel about it with this suit because it makes the silhouette a bit awkward. i like the idea though.

  2. Maestro

    December 12, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Cool shot–love his facial expression!

  3. eric

    December 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

    looks strange, because the suit seems to be very large and the vest could actually be fitting well…
    nontheless i like that fur scarf (?)

    is that a double breasted suit??

  4. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 10:25 am

    love the all blues wash.

  5. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 10:27 am


  6. Dan in Richmond

    December 12, 2008 at 10:46 am

    The vest and the fur whatever-it-is over the suit is actually an interesting visual in long shot. I wonder is this arose out of practicality, so he could take off his warm gear once inside without removing his jacket and putting it back on? He loses me with the pants length- I think shorter pants would relate better to the lines of the vest, I guess as they are they contrast with it- this isn’t a look you can apply rules to, so whatever. I’ll stick with interesting.

  7. You were there, too.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:54 am

    This is so cool.

  8. Model Whispers

    December 12, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Russian men are so strong and masculine. And there’s something raw about him. The perfect combination of strength and negligence.


    December 12, 2008 at 11:06 am

    a vest OVER the suit jacket?
    not sure
    but still not sure how i feel about it

    great shot


  10. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    December 12, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Obviously not a starving painter, what with the Lanvin sneakers!!! This outfit brings me back to the reviews for Prada’s Spring ’09 collection, where so many items were so impractical (jackets that button up the back, anyone?) that fashion editors were dismissing the runway as a purely idealized vision of clothes to come. Well, here is one instance in which one of such garments is worn on the street, with a lot of style. Practical? Maybe not- if you need to cover your mouth/nose from the cold, you arguably need sleeves. But I think it brings us to a new level where an overcoat doesnt have to be the final word. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  11. J.A.F.

    December 12, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I want to like it…the proportions are weird and unresolved. A for effort though.

  12. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Ah, the layered look . . .

  13. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 11:47 am

    yeah he is sexy…love the vest over teh jacket and his running shoes…and just his look.
    clap clap!

  14. -h of candid cool

    December 12, 2008 at 11:51 am

    the vest on the outside, how interesting, he pulls it off though

  15. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Wilfully eccentric outfit but lovely shot as usual. That red car!!!

  16. Stephanie

    December 12, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    more utilitarian/functional than stylish. but if he’s just come from the studio, i can relate.

  17. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    December 12, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Hmm. Futuristic waistcoat on top of a blazer? I don’t know. Those Russians sure experiment :D

  18. lara of p

    December 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    i agree with Model Whispers… indeed the perfect combination of strength and negligence. he looks angry even! cool!

  19. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I agree with most so far……I like the idea but this actual expression of it isn’t doing it somehow…….the jacket is too big for the vest to look good and maybe the vest is also too short for the jacket……Also the trousers are definitely too long like everyone said……..but I’d like to see this again…….maybe with more of a shrunken jacket underneath……..and also I think i don’t like the colour of the suit which also puts me off. But its maybe one of those things that you dislike on first viewing and then the more you think about it the more you like it and of course eventually you end up doing it………….

  20. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Russians are fearless fashion animals, aren’t they? The unconventional layering mix-up instantly reminded me of Gaultier’s past collections; notably S/S 1993 and A/W 1993-94, where vests and tanktops were worn over double-breasted suits.

    I love his style– the baggier fit of his pants suit his physique well. Love the mink muffler with its cowl. And the vest serves almost like a man’s version of a corset– or SWAT vest…

    He’s the best I’ve seen thus far mixing of luxe, whimsy, and masculine style.


  21. Amber

    December 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I think it’s a very beautiful outfit.

  22. Owen

    December 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    definitely not Milan.

  23. August Clothing

    December 12, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    My favorite aspect of this shot is the shoe-to-car relationship: both loyal to the bitter end and well-loved by their respective owners. The look, however, leaves me wanting a better fit on the suit and a vest that at LEAST covers the jacket pockets, it’s a bit distracting.

  24. Blog por Daniela

    December 12, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I think I like the picture more than his style. His head sunk into the sweater, the old beat up car in the background, the hands in the pockets..and the old sneakers!
    LOVE this blog. Adding you to my blog list…

  25. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Yes, that "layered look". kind of like the 90's lng sleeve under the T-shirt.
    Could be done a bit better, but the idea is great. I did a shoot this past fall with a Paul & Shark Nylon vest over a sport jacket, cashmere sweater, and wool tie. Had a very English country look to it, but the nylon vest brought it to the city. This gent takes it a bit more fashion. And since everyone is doing pants with no break, this makes the contrast of the lux suit, fashion and casual simultaniously. I'm into it.

  26. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    artfully minimal. the face shrouded in mystery.

  27. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    a composition of primary colors, fitting for a painter.

  28. y.f. dubble

    December 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    is he packin? good eye scott, this is the fashion i love, relaxed and athletic with a bit of risk.

  29. Dominica

    December 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Will have to try that one out myself …

    Love the blue …in fact, I love any type of blue …

  30. Jack Daniel

    December 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    noooooo!! He’s got the most beautiful suit ever taken by The Sartorialist, and he ruined it by wearing this fur-vest on top of it…!! Nooo!!

    Very cool find, though, Scott. But…oh noooo…what a waste of the beautiful suit.

  31. Smilla

    December 12, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Designer flak jacket?

  32. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    No. The suit doesn’t fit and squeezing that vest over it is just strange.
    Model Whiperer’s idea about Russian men is a fantasy that veers on the good side of bad. In fact, I don’t think most people in the rest of the “West” really understand Russians at all.

  33. ricola

    December 12, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Beautiful and a little sinister. Beards rock.

  34. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    The whole image is a gorgeous cross and I love the fact that the very Russian car played the role of the horizontal stripe! Bravo

  35. Iheartfashion

    December 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Love the unconventional layering. The proportions really make you look twice, but I like that.

  36. monique

    December 12, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Well, just putting a shot up on this website can turn any outfit into a new fashion. Let’s hope that isn’t the case here.

    It’s too pretentiously different or quirky for my taste.

    I don’t think I like the suit even without the vest.

  37. Brett

    December 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm


    This outfit feels VERY forward…i was just staring at this picture, having to digest it; unable to in a single viewing, had to go back for seconds.

    The winter vest thing…is almost uniquely practical, keeping the lower part of the face+neck warm, though not too bulky and removable once indoors. The suit's color & sparkle is daring to boot. Great catch! this is inspiring

  38. The Life and Times of a Southern Foodie

    December 12, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    oh no.

    Not for me but I get the concept.

  39. Anonymous

    December 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    He looks so cool!!!!!

  40. Lemming Lime

    December 12, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    funky fresh.

  41. Kinder

    December 12, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    The upper part of the outfit makes me think of the Chinese costume. People wear large long clothes underneath a vest.

    Quite fun to wear suit in this way.

  42. Anonymous

    December 13, 2008 at 12:37 am

    This looks like a man with no time to mess around. the scarf is amazing.

  43. Jespper Letargo

    December 13, 2008 at 1:13 am

    I must be an apprentice one: I don’t get it. Never have seen somethig alike.

  44. John Christopher

    December 13, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Unleash that which is the stylin’ men Moscow.

  45. Red Flashlight

    December 13, 2008 at 1:59 am

    This guy reminds me of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. He often wore expensive suits in the studio, barefoot. Of course he accidentally spilled paint on them. It was a style statement. It wasn’t meant to disrespect the clothes. Maybe it was to import sartorial style into the painterly lifestyle? Hmmmm . . .

  46. Mister B

    December 13, 2008 at 3:14 am

    HA! I LOVE IT!!!!!

  47. Anonymous

    December 13, 2008 at 3:22 am

    So “iconoclast” !

    Love the red car on the background.

    Great shot !


    December 13, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I think the vest should be larger and the suit tight-fitting, then it will works.
    Anyway interesting from an anthropological point of view ;-)

  49. Bridget

    December 13, 2008 at 9:29 am

    A small sight “cosmonaut”, to-morrow’s look, may be.
    Blue and red are fine, I agree with anonymous.

  50. Jon Patrick

    December 13, 2008 at 10:06 am

    trying way too hard and looking rather silly in the process.

  51. Miguel

    December 13, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Nice suit and I don’t know but I kind of love the way it look’s with those sport shoes…

  52. saintvenus

    December 13, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    strange combination but works well.

  53. metscan

    December 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    It is cold out there so he grabbed the vest from his red car ( behind ).

  54. my greatest intervention

    December 13, 2008 at 3:51 pm


  55. Emily Wong

    December 13, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    What an interesting outfit! Certainly not something you see everyday.

  56. Hanui

    December 13, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    un homme un style…

  57. Anonymous

    December 13, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    It’s unique and hence of his own, hence a winner to me.

  58. Anonymous

    December 14, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Nice shot! I like his expression
    The Kevlar Vest is an interesting touch.

  59. suzanne nelson

    December 14, 2008 at 7:00 am

    i, too, am on he fence about this one. i very much agree with d-money (10.23am). I wonder how i would react if i saw him walking along the street? However, the proportions appeal to me – remembering your post a few days ago – so i can’t knock it.

  60. deep_in_vogue

    December 14, 2008 at 9:03 am

    love the layering, sure an interesting concept :o) like it

  61. Anonymous

    December 14, 2008 at 9:46 am

    i love this. i think it is innovative and fun. maybe b/c you say painter i give him some leeway or rather expect unconventional. but i love it. the tennis shoes balance the vest and make the suit a basic. love it.

  62. facehunter

    December 14, 2008 at 11:49 am

    nice clothingg!!!! i like it

  63. The Calvin Show

    December 14, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    He’s look a bit slouchy, no?

  64. david santos

    December 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm


  65. Laura

    December 14, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    the red car makes the photo!

  66. Mens designer clothing

    December 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Whats the black thing, a waistcoat?

  67. Anonymous

    December 14, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Everything about the outfit is wrong, yet put together it really works.
    Stamos, Melbourne

  68. Anonymous

    December 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    interesting idea, innovative and brave. the proportions however are not really working. the suit is a little too big. and the sneakers?…

  69. Starck Mad

    December 14, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    YET another groovy photo……they are always stunning editorial shots. Gorgeous.

    I love the vest over the suit

  70. Gisele the Backscratcher

    December 14, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Wow! I knew that Pyotr Aksenov is fashion-forward, but not to that extent… Looks extraordinary for a Muscovite…

  71. pretty kitty publishing

    December 14, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    What is this look doing? For me, I think it places emphasis on layering and drapery. There is something interesting happening with the fabric and that is because the fabric appears to be of such good quality.
    There is a weightiness to this look that is appealing. I think I would have to see a series of these men’s pieces before I could become adjusted to the proportions, though.

    The more I look at this, the more I want a vest like his! Will you show more?

  72. grapemind

    December 15, 2008 at 3:35 am

    I like how he has ironed his pants.

  73. Profoundly Superficial

    December 15, 2008 at 8:19 am

    That’s so weird, it’s wonderful!

  74. bikescapades

    December 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    At first I wasn’t sure about the vest over the suit, but he’s just so confident that he pulls it off. Very sexy. :-)

  75. POST-IT UP

    December 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Interesting. It looks like some tailored life jacket. Maybe it’ll save him from falling into the deep end of a cocktail party.

  76. Emerald Dandy

    December 31, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    At first I thought this outfit was simply attrocious- however through some examination I find it simply intriguing. I love men who can add a piece of fur to their outfit without looking like a russian pimp. Well done Sart!

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