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July 21, 2008 at 9:34 am
"On my recent trip to London I was able to find a few good shots"
In London you should be finding more than "a few good shots" … It's the capital of individual dressing & way better than here [NYC]. You must have been in the wrong parts of town – i.e – the tourist parts!
July 21, 2008 at 9:35 am
It is a very interesting outfit and although I am not the biggest fan of London fashion and even less of the 80s, I agree that it has its place on the stage. Those socks are a bit too much though.
July 21, 2008 at 9:36 am
He looks like a healthy, confident, well dressed Sid Vicious! If it were the 1980s you would probably have been shooting grainy, high contrast B&W film (just like my 80s-obsessed 20 year old students do now…)
July 21, 2008 at 9:41 am
I love this kid! Just can’t get enough of the hair and really love the bag. A+
July 21, 2008 at 9:43 am
Love this! It could be the 80′s, or the early 60′s…it’s the beauty of the Brits. Some of their style references just keep reappearing or skipping decades.
July 21, 2008 at 9:45 am
Bag and shoes are awesome. It works for him, so why knock it.
Jorge from W Palm Beach
July 21, 2008 at 9:47 am
OK, let’s get to the good things first: that is the thrift store “pleather” bag of my dreams! And the shoes look of good quality and well-worn, which is nice. Second, this is the look we love to look at, but how many of us would actually wear it? The pegged black jeans with the bad wash-fade marks, the socks that match neither pants nor shoes, the jacket sleeves which may or may not be too short. And yet it works, someone please explain it! Maybe it is the “I am young and slim and I can wear whatever I want and look hot” thing. Ah, this got me thinking on a Monday morning. Looking forward to the reading more comments! Jorge from W Palm Beach
July 21, 2008 at 10:10 am
Yeah, this guy has some kind of charm. But in general such way to dress can be dangerous sometimes because of very thin edge between stylish look and the opposite of it. And like here in kiev such kind of outfit meens you’r one of those stereotype guy’s, like wanna_be_like_from_70′s…
July 21, 2008 at 10:11 am
July 21, 2008 at 10:17 am
This could be from any time…except it has posters advertising “propa ruff bass”.
Otherwise, yeah it could, hahaha.
July 21, 2008 at 10:26 am
I love this. I think he looks totally modern because this look takes pieces from lots of different eras- the shirt is totally 60′s and the hair 80′s but it also borrows from the 50′s. He has attitude and the look works for him, and isn’t that what this is all about? Expressing yourself and looking great?
July 21, 2008 at 10:27 am
This guy is just incredible because he doesn’t look like he’s in disguise and I can imagine it’s just his way of life – Being classy and rock’n'roll !!!
July 21, 2008 at 10:33 am
Yes, but this guy has actually done a romantic interpretation of the 80s–he isn’t literally wearing head-to-toe costumey 80s (unlike certain young supermodels and French actresses whom you’ve featured). His look is an interpretation but it’s also very today.
This is a fantastic photo. He oozes confidence. The setting is classic London.
July 21, 2008 at 10:36 am
Its a great look – not everyone’s cup of tea, but i dig it. Its a classic look, all those pieces could be brand new High Street, (i hate using that word), or mix n match. A few key itmes make it an obvious stab at the 80s, But i agree, it could almost so easily have been a doff of the hat to the 60s. That background just makes it a cool shot to look at!
July 21, 2008 at 10:51 am
oh-oh, do I sense that low-vamp shoes are on their way back? they sorta look good in this shot
July 21, 2008 at 11:09 am
so is it timeless, or is it perfectly dated? timeless for me would mean that you could not tell if it was 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, etc., or if was from two very different eras (1950s or 1980s).
the hair is not timeless … it’s dated. which makes this not a timeless piece but a well-executed period piece.
i don’t mean to be pedantic. i am curious is all
July 21, 2008 at 11:15 am
I don’t particularly care about the clothing in this photo, its the actual photography that is catching my eye. That angle is amazing. I just want to stare at this photo.
July 21, 2008 at 11:22 am
yes, like everyone else, i LOVE this guy… gorgeous.he’s more morrissey than sid vicious to me. and that’s a wonderful thing….
July 21, 2008 at 11:32 am
The fit of his jeans is excellent. i adore this.
July 21, 2008 at 11:35 am
Lived in London 1979-81, and he’s got it down. A lovely homage/tribute, worn w/exactly the right attitude!
July 21, 2008 at 11:54 am
Anon 9:34 – Finding a good shot isn’t just about finding good people to shoot. If it’s raining like crazy (as he mentioned), regardless of what people are wearing, it’s going to be hard to get a good picture. It’s more about the various other conditions than the people themselves.
I love this look. The jeans don’t seem quite right to me, but everything else is perfect, especially the colors in the bag and shirt.
July 21, 2008 at 12:02 pm
great example of London fashion and style.!
July 21, 2008 at 12:07 pm
Playing the past forward always carries a personal note. Why that hairstyle with that bag with those pants? Did your lens catch a “romantic notion” in play? I think so and it appears that your subject has won the set.
July 21, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Oh, Lord, the pompadour, the tight jeans, the attitude — I’m hearing the Stray Cats, Tears for Fears, A Flock of Seagulls. Decent era for music, but some of the fashion trends are best forgotten.
Still, as a whole, everything works together here for a total 80s punk image, with the possible exception of the red leather bag that looks like it belongs to some other outfit.
July 21, 2008 at 12:09 pm
This photo couldn’t be more London – i went to school and lived there for 10 years. Yes, i can see the eighties thing but this guy is either consciously or subconsciously channeling references from a whole bunch of decades – basically he’s being a 100% Londoner and rocking his look. He looks great and Sart, you’ve captured it with a cool understatedness. Love it.
July 21, 2008 at 12:16 pm
I don’t see it. Looks to me like another “little boy.” Far from the men you used to post.
July 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm
Oooh! Yes please! British Rock eat your heart out! When I look at this young man I think of the Smiths… Elvis Costello… wonderful.
July 21, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Not a huge fan of his look, but I NEED that bag!!
July 21, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Nope; way too “try-hard”. Cool is only cool if it’s effortless. He looks like he’s wearing a costume, and knows it.
However, love the photo and the colors. Mustard, denim and the red bag… glorious.
July 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm
i NEED his bag!! where’s it from??!!
July 21, 2008 at 12:55 pm
Well, I think this picture is just fabulous, Sart. I love it. Well done. Poo poo to the negative nancies postin’ here.
July 21, 2008 at 1:10 pm
This young man has a style which, thank goodness, can’t be reduced to any one decade. I find genius in the progression of autumnal tones from hair to shirt to socks to shoes to bag.
July 21, 2008 at 1:40 pm
GREAT shot. love the concert posters. Hmmm he looks like Lyall Lovette (i think I just butchered that spelling)…
July 21, 2008 at 1:48 pm
I think this is great! Not my taste 100% but i appreciate his look.
July 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm
need that bag. beautiful shot overall, but yeah, need that bag.
July 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm
I think youths inspired by the 80s often add some refinement to 80s styles that we just didn’t have “back in the day”. It is nice to see young people select the best elements from the past and create something that is completely here, now, today.
This young man looks completely dashing!
July 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm
He's like a preppy version of the Jesus & Mary Chain's first bassist Douglas Hart! Is it possible that the pants are too tight? They almost look like leggings. And the socks are a definite no-no- it's summer, innit?
July 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm
I love the hair, it is what makes the style. Imagine him with a more contemporary cut; he’d just be a guy with odd clothes.
I have seen more low-vamp shoes without socks, but to me they seem the obvious choice to show off some of the really cool colorful socks that are popular now. Maybe it’s because it’s so obvious that this gentleman resisted the urge to do, say, bright stripes or argyle.
July 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm
this look represents the best about this decade
Love his line, the row houses as backdrop . . .
-h of candid cool
July 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm
He looks great. And that bag is especially amazing.
STREET STYLEZ NYC
July 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm
THIS IS YOUR BEST POST TO DATE. IT WAS WELL WRITTEN, AND ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. THE PICTURE IS TIMELESS.
Wow -Not only do I see 80s references in this look, but 50s and 60s also. Some prep,some punk.
Interesting mash up of fashion history and totally stylish and individual.
July 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm
AND IN RESPONSE TO THE ANONYMOUS COMMENT, YOU’RE WRONG. I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY WHY SCOTT WAS ONLY ABLE TO FIND A FEW GOOD SHOTS IN LONDON, THE FASHION SCENE IN LONDON IS DEAD. IT HAS POTENTIAL, BUT ISN’T PROMISING. THERE’S NO WAY YOU CAN COMPARE LONDON FASHION TO NEW YORK CITY. EVERYONE GETS THEIR STYLE FROM NEW YORKERS, EVEN THE JAPANESE LOVE OUR WESTERN STYLE. PLEASE.
July 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm
I love his “throwback” to the 80′s look. The hair, the trousers, the jacket. Good stuff. He makes me smile.
July 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm
I think he looks great – digg the loafers / tassles – but anynoticed he really looks like a young Kevin Bacon?
July 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm
love that this made your fave shots. most of them have this quality… and i agree that without hints, it could be a few eras. great shot, as always, easy to enjoy.
p.s. the hair is so mick hucknall it hurts !
July 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm
Well said, Sart. It’s timeless. And being minutes away from my front door I recognise the setting, right outside London of College in Shoreditch .. hardly “the wrong part of town for individual dressing”. Your diverse viewpoints are welcome.
Love from London!!
July 21, 2008 at 3:51 pm
I know I shouldn’t read the comments on this blog (which I like) but I can’t stop myself sometimes and I do and then I want to stab my eyes out.
So—for my sake and the sake of many others who feel the same but aren’t asking. I beg you to disable comments.
July 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm
LOVE this guy! Yum
July 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm
It is important to know when to drop your bag, when to sling it over your shoulder, and when to hold it like a too-handed style ballast.
July 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm
Love it! esp. the hair.
I have to say, I was just in London and it was lame. I lived there throughout the 80s and there was fabulous style then– very individual. Now, it’s all terribly provincial and snoozeworthy. AND I was not in the touristy sections, thank you. The exceptions were some older gents with a great twist on classic tailoring: Anthony Eden suits plus bohemian old guy “I don’t care” attitude. On the whole, I saw way more true style in Dublin.
July 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Ahhh, glad that you managed to get a really great London shot. For me the hair is channelling early Jesus & Mary Chain – yay!
wow great outfit!!! very romantic and very london!!
July 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm
Nah, he looks very nice but it’s retro rubbish. The best thing in the shot is the promise of propa ruff bass. I want to see the future not the past.
July 21, 2008 at 7:06 pm
Honestly, i think it could be from the 1920s just as much..
July 21, 2008 at 7:15 pm
80s? I thought he was doing a rockabilly thing. Oh, maybe that is eighties. An eighties version of the fifties, I suppose.
July 21, 2008 at 7:24 pm
I can’t say i find this timeless, although I see several times being invoked. The hair screams 1980′s. the jeans 1950′s, the shoes and socks would be best forgotten whichever decade you choose to associate them with (70′s?). The rest could be nice with different footwear. The bag doesn’t belong with the rest, though it could be practical rather than intended as an accessory.
John and Beatrice
July 21, 2008 at 7:38 pm
Scott, thanks for catching a bit of Timelessness and nostalgic glam here along the banks of the Thames.
July 21, 2008 at 7:39 pm
Very “Boy With the Thorn In His Side”.
I’m with you, Sart; I grew up in the 80′s and dressed very similarly to this in about 1983, and I love seeing young kids indulging in nostalgia for an era they didn’t experience. Romanticism is the most harmless vice of youth, let them enjoy themselves.
July 21, 2008 at 7:43 pm
He looks like a hybrid of Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker. Nice one.
July 21, 2008 at 7:55 pm
His hair reminds me of Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain circa “87.
July 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm
How very London! It may be a timeless image but it is very specific to that place.
July 21, 2008 at 8:02 pm
LOVE everything about this shot…I grew up in the 80′s as well, but this is much more chic than anything we were wearing! THE 80′s were GREAT…anything beats the depressing grunge of the 90′s!
July 21, 2008 at 8:13 pm
I agree with Sartorialist – this shot is timeless – bw or color – it is timeless. As for the details – it is the skew of his details that make it timeless and his willingness to not reach for something he is not. Lastly – as for the 80′s – check out Paul Weller and you will realize how influential the 80′s or at least Paul Weller (or Mod fashion) has been in fashion over the last 10 years . . . repeat, repeat and repeat. Well done.
July 21, 2008 at 8:47 pm
No, darling, think 1963 — this young guy reminds me exactly of the morning I woke up in second grade to realize that my teenage cousin Ronny had come to live with us. He who taught us everything we knew about music — both listening, and playing it — and a lot of other unsavory stuff besides.
Thanks for the memories. He is truly, truly timeless, even farther back in time than you may have first realized.
July 21, 2008 at 9:21 pm
How do you translate this to women’s wear without looking like, well, a cross-dresser. I would love to pull this outfit together but I predict my short hair (shorter than his) and petite physique will make me look worse than a cross-dresser: a little girl dressing up as a little boy.
July 21, 2008 at 9:34 pm
Shot in the streets of Bicklane, Sart?
July 21, 2008 at 9:57 pm
I find it highly gratifying that someone has mentioned the exact same thing that has graced my thoughts more than once.
The absence of any definitive technology or symbolism allows the viewer to appreciate the subject in a more thorough sense.
It is, indeed, timelessly timely.
July 21, 2008 at 10:39 pm
I love this picture: I think it’s because it just fits, as it only could in London; it’s a precious capture of that city’s innate style. But I do hate the socks, even though they likewise just fit, they’re still dirt ugly.
July 22, 2008 at 12:13 am
Hair and Bag. Perfecto.
July 22, 2008 at 12:25 am
its a great shot – i like the moody look about it – very British!he reminds me of a young Howard Jones with that ‘new wave’ 80′s look going on!
July 22, 2008 at 2:02 am
Post more photos from London please!
I admit we do tend to be a scruffy lot in London, but the style is generally more individualistic – probably because it’s so expensive to dress here so we have to get creative.
July 22, 2008 at 2:15 am
he would be perfect for yohji yamamoto’s collection on the runway model.
Honolulu Daily Photo
July 22, 2008 at 3:22 am
The whole outfit works for him – from the hair, shoes,suit and bag. It is very retro, but that is what makes it timeless. Fashion is circular. He look’s cool to me.
July 22, 2008 at 3:33 am
The outfit screams new wave, but still manages to appear fashionable. It holds a circa 1981 English post-punk vibe but once you notice the shoes it really comes together in a modern sense.
The bag flirts with bowling ball disaster, although that does retain its utility and masculinity hence keeping any femme notions at bay.
It is a look certainly not hemmed in by era. The quality loafers along with the contemporary bag keep the ensemble current.
July 22, 2008 at 3:42 am
Re: eveyone who comments individual style is a rare thing in London – sadly they are right. Chain stores and ‘the high street’ – the main street in every town that nowadays has the same selection of stores pushing low budget designer rip-offs – is killing individual style in Britain. London for the most part has become one huge high street in terms of it’s choice of stores. Blame TopShop…
July 22, 2008 at 4:29 am
I think more Malcolm than Sid!
I’m enjoying very much this look coming around again, I loved it back then and I loving seeing the updated version on the young folk…
July 22, 2008 at 4:56 am
love him! i have got to get to the point where i can find the clothes and the confidence for what i’d like to be wearing these days like this guy!I think i’m an instant fan, just because.Great shot
July 22, 2008 at 7:03 am
Sart, to see some smart dressing, hang out on Trinity Street in Cambridge. I saw dozens of Sartorialist-ready shots there last week.
July 22, 2008 at 7:18 am
I was born in the early 80s and grew up surrounded by punks and baggy clothed people….probably the worst fashion decade in London. Seeing this picture made me think, without the 80s fashion there wouldn’t be this kind of looks around.
July 22, 2008 at 9:13 am
I wish I was brave enough to do the girls version of this look back in high school in the 80′s. Rats!
July 22, 2008 at 10:11 am
The guy in the photo definitely looks retro yet modern! I love the bag!
July 22, 2008 at 10:21 am
Reminiscent of a young Malclom MacClaren circa 1976
July 22, 2008 at 10:36 am
Wonderful photo, such a London look! Not sure about the shoes but they work on him. Sadly I do agree with Suzanne Nelson – the High Street is killing stylish individuality.
July 22, 2008 at 10:42 am
I love it! His hair is just great too! It reminds me of a book I loved as a child called ‘Tim goes to sea’ – anyone know it?
Mat Ahoy - Buckets and Spades
July 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm
love this shot and im loving all this guys look. loafers have been getting much more popular in england, esp with the tassels. ive been wearing my patent black ones for a while now.
can’t falt this at all, perfect
July 22, 2008 at 12:31 pm
"In London you should be finding more than "a few good shots" … It's the capital of individual dressing & way better than here [NYC]. You must have been in the wrong parts of town – i.e – the tourist parts!"
I think he was referring specifically to the fact that it rained and THAT's why he was only able to find a few good shots.
July 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm
Good Lord. My heart just about stopped: he looks exactly like my first “real” boyfriend from 1987. I’m not sure what I think about this look, but I know how I feel about it…I love it.
July 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm
He looks great in his mix of classic trends. it’s a wonderful shot, Sart.
I was around in the 80s, so It’s interesting to ponder why this wouldn’t fly if you were using it as a costume for a film set then.
With those sideburns, he’d have to be rockabilly, but the clothes aren’t right for that.
It’s sort of an early Bob Dylan look, but the shoes (and the sideburns) aren’t right.
His hair: I’m female and have got hair like his. I wore short-back-and-sides post-punk back in the day. The thing is, with those curls you haven’t got much option. If it’s short and even all around, you end up with a bubble head! Your only other option is to go shoulder-length or longer.
July 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm
Yeah, the hair is sooo Jim Reid from Jesus and Mary Chain. I love when curly haired guys do something cool with their hair; many can’t seem to deal with it.
July 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm
I wish there were more shots from the UK – it seems so unfair that’s there only ever one every six months or something :(
July 22, 2008 at 7:05 pm
I don’t think the photo has the ‘harshness’ of the 80s. I was a US student in London early in that decade.
July 23, 2008 at 1:05 am
Who cares about 80´s styles when he wears absolutely fashionable. The red bag is the climax of his look. His london fashion soul is perfectly shot by you. No one must judge the london fashion, It is london, everything is admissible.
July 23, 2008 at 3:30 am
July 23, 2008 at 3:40 am
having chosen to live abroad i'm interested to find that this shot makes me homesick for london..love the guy..love the outfit..especially the shoes & socks & ya i also want that bag..london calling..
July 23, 2008 at 6:25 am
Don’t think this look needs to be directly compared to the looks of the 80′s, (i.e. how it doesn’t have the “harshness” of the 80′s?) This man is taking a look from the 80′s and making it his own. It is all about pulling from styles of different eras and putting them together to make an interesting outfit in your own unique style.
July 23, 2008 at 9:47 am
Yes, I know the Tim Books. I read them myself and to my son. This guy has Ginger’s hair.
July 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm
“only able to find a few good shots!!”
I’m a Londoner and often wondered why you don’t have a ‘Men London’ section. I’m amazed you can’t find more pictures on the street in London,check out facehunter.com.. London is full of creative individuals. I’m currently visiting New York and so far have been dissappointed in the man on the street and the shopping has yet to impress. If you’re going to sit outside a fashion show in Paris then of course you’ll find well put together poeple.. (the rest of Paris dresses like Johnny Halliday)if you want consistantly well dressed people, and quality manufacturing, open your eyes next time your in London.
July 24, 2008 at 2:07 am
it’s like lyle lovett in the best way imaginable. i love the reds bouncing off the posters to the bag to the hair. that’s one of the first things i notice about your photos – the attention to color and form and how they dance.
July 24, 2008 at 4:58 am
Next reason to love London (style&more)
July 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm
They’ll decide 2008 because the wash of his jeans is something that never existed in the 80s!
July 24, 2008 at 3:45 pm
“Propa Ruff Bass!”If only the 80s had dubstep. How great that would have been.
July 25, 2008 at 11:18 am
"THE FASHION SCENE IN LONDON IS DEAD. IT HAS POTENTIAL, BUT ISN'T PROMISING. THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN COMPARE LONDON FASHION TO NEW YORK CITY. EVERYONE GETS THEIR STYLE FROM NEW YORKERS, EVEN THE JAPANESE LOVE OUR WESTERN STYLE. PLEASE"
HaHa! You're severely deluded & clearly have never been to London. Just go to Facehunter & witness the creativeness & individual aspects of Londoners – Try & find me a more prestigious fashion college than Central St Martins that has taught the most amazing designers in the world. NYC comes way after London & Paris – NYC is way to generic & to even say that the Japanese "love" NY style is completely ridiculous – they have a style all of their own. As a New Yorker I can totally say that London & Paris wipe the floor with NYC … Honestly, you need to get a passport.
July 25, 2008 at 11:44 am
Shouldn’t a “timeless” image expand beyond on the year 1983? I feel that if the posters in the upper right hand corner were not included, the “timelessness” of the photo could be expanded to include earlier decades, thus supporting the actual nature of the term. That would make this look more effective.
July 26, 2008 at 9:33 am
Blast from the past!This boy was the boy that everyone wanted to dance with on a friday night when we were 17!! He seems to have moved his 60′s obsession along a bit now though. I wouldn’t say this is try hard at all, just someone who has always had great personal style.
My old flat mate was in love with him for at least a year!
July 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm
August 2, 2008 at 1:52 am
Oh my, this post makes me miss my youth when I lived in London 1984-1986. Great music, fashion, hair. Good times.
August 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm
I love that shot. It is timeless, not only going back to the 80′s but earlier. He has an almost late Teddy-boy feel to him, as though it was 1965, and the fashion was just going out, but he couldn’t quite let go of it…
But yeah, great photo. Reminds me of the Britain I first encountered back in 1984.
August 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm
this is flawless. the staging of the shot is as well as the subject. this is not ’80′s,’ to me. it is far more timeless, the 80′s drew on a variety of influences of previous decades and centuries. this to me could be a friend of the beats, as previously mentioned could be 60′s, the hair-could even be a flamboyant 20′s, a colorful member of the gatsby set or a character in p.g. wodehouse. this is a shot for the photo book we all can’t wait to have published some day.
September 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm
He looks like a sexied up version of Henry from the movie Eraserhead.
January 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm
December 21, 2009 at 6:49 am
This guy is a long friend of mine, we went to school together and then art college together and this style is truly a representation of his lifestyle and is by no means fake or put on for the cameras so to speak.
It sums up his chaotic and random lifestyle perfectly.
November 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm
March 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm
HAHA its me. 3 years have past and i didnt even know this existed. my memories of the 80's are very vivid as i was only 4. haha great. times have changed
March 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm
August 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm
I can see why this is your favorite! I love all the colors and the lighting tells a whole other story.
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