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  1. splendorfm

    April 15, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    those mini bowties are nearly impossible to tie; i give myself an extra 20 mins those mornings… kudos for that…

  2. Anonymous

    April 15, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Dear Mr. Schuman,

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    You might know this already but after the New York Times,
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    Please, come to London also! Women’s stockings and umbrellas-matching French cufflings enlighten the often-grey skies.
    Plus, the Old Island has never been so hot and sunny in April!

    Bien respectueusement,

    a French girl d’Outre-Manche

    http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-651865,36-895714@51-891889,0.html

    Des carnets personnels qui veulent démocratiser la haute couture
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    lus besoin de s’appeler Suzy Menkes – légende vivante du journalisme de mode de l’International Herald Tribune – pour donner son avis sur les derniers défilés ou les tendances de la saison. Lieu d’échanges et source infinie d’informations, Internet permet à celles et à ceux qui n’appartiennent pas forcément au milieu de la mode de parler chiffons et de décortiquer les looks.

    Et de fait, l’interactivité du blog se prête au style. “La mode a quelque chose d’instantané, d’exclusif, que seul le Net peut traduire immédiatement. Les hebdomadaires et mensuels n’ont pas les moyens de publier la dernière information aussi vite”, explique Florence Müller, historienne enseignant à l’Institut français de la mode (IFM).

    Depuis un an, les blogs dédiés au style fleurissent sur la Toile, et il est impossible de les dénombrer précisément. “Le phénomène est comparable à celui de la bulle Internet il y a une dizaine d’années. De nombreuses personnes se lancent dans la création de blogs et trouvent un public avide de renseignements. Il faut laisser le temps à la frénésie de retomber et que le tri entre les bons et les mauvais sites s’opère naturellement”, prévient Florence Müller. Ainsi, seuls les meilleurs blogs seraient destinés à évoluer sur les traces des sites américains, précurseurs du mouvement.

    En France, les blogueurs agissent dans un but principal : désacraliser la mode. Géraldine Dormoy a créé, en juillet 2005, un des premiers sites qui fait aujourd’hui partie des plus pointus (cafe-mode.hautetfort.com).

    “J’étais passionnée de mode et je n’avais personne autour de moi avec qui en parler. Le blog m’est apparu comme une évidence”, explique cette Parisienne de 30 ans. Parmi les blogs du style français les plus consultés, celui de Garance Doré (www.garancedore.fr) arrive en tête et revendique près de 2 000 lecteurs par jour. Cette illustratrice parisienne agrémente ses billets de dessins de mode qui se démarquent des photos des autres sites.

    Mais en France, on est encore très loin du ton journalistique professionnel des fashion blogs américains.

    Diane Pernet, une célèbre styliste new-yorkaise, jette son regard acéré sur les dernières tendances (ashadedviewonfashion.com), tandis que Cathy Horyn, rédactrice mode du New York Times, pose un oeil avertie sur les coulisses des défilés et du monde de la mode (runway.blogs.nytimes.com).

    Et s’il est un blog que tous plébiscitent de New York à Paris, c’est bien The Sartorialist (thesartorialist.blogspot.com). “Il est aussi frais que bien informé”, déclare Cathy Horyn. Au gré des défilés, son créateur, Scott Schuman, photographie dans les rues de Paris, Milan et New York les looks qu’il trouve chics. Peu de texte et beaucoup de photos, le tout traité avec humour.

    L’ampleur du phénomène est telle aujourd’hui que les maisons de mode n’hésitent pas à “draguer” les blogueuses en leur envoyant des produits ou en les invitant aux défilés. Elles gardent pourtant de la distance. “Bien que les services de presse me sollicitent, je reste maître des informations que je diffuse et partage”, assure Garance Doré.

    Alors qu’aux Etats-Unis, le marketing fait partie intégrante des blogs de mode, en France, ils ne sont pas encore devenus le reflet des magazines spécialisés et restent, pour l’instant, des journaux intimes du style.

  3. Anonymous

    April 15, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Ralph Lauren will be proud of this interpretation!

  4. Butch

    April 15, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Clever guy! Playing the elegant against the casual: the small, neat tie and unironed shirt; the trim (actually, a bit too small for him) jacket against the pants with their wonderful color splotches and fraying. Good show!

  5. the Fashion Informer

    April 15, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Methinks someone had an unfortunate run in with a paintball gun…

    http://www.thefashioninformer.com

  6. Kathleen

    April 15, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    I like the detail of the paint splotches but – at first glance – they are somewhat awkwardly placed…

    I did a double-take, and not necessarily because I was looking at his tie.

  7. Daniel

    April 15, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Those pants just don’t do anything. It’s an odd combination, and I’m not sure I really respect anything aside from the neat little bowtie.

  8. Anonymous

    April 15, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I just died and ressurected. I LOVE this!

  9. bicicleta

    April 15, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    I’m curious – what kind of shoes is this man wearing?

  10. iopine

    April 15, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Usually a bowtie renders one ancient-looking, or at the very least, bookish. Not here.

  11. Anonymous

    April 15, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Ralph Lauren head to toe (don’t know about the blazer buttons though). I think he should have opted for a nice pair of horn-rimmed or circular-framed sunglasses over his Miami Vice style Ray Bans.

  12. Laaw-yuhr

    April 15, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Usually I loathe the khaki-pant-blue-blazer with look. (It might have something to do with the fact that it was the uniform of the security guards at the museum where I used to work.) This guys makes it look great. It might just be the old cliche that an attractive person can look good in anything.

  13. Misterparticular

    April 15, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Is it me? Or is this shot really all about his cheekbones?

  14. Anonymous

    April 15, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    I think the reason it works is you have that unexpected contrast of a beefy guy in aviator sunglasses wearing what you might call a bookish ivy league blazer and bowtie combination.

    It’s a refreshing juxtaposition of unexpected elements, and hints at a confident sense of style.

    Bravo.

  15. a

    April 15, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    the jacket is not too small for him – a fitted or even snug waist is great on men (who said the “saque” jacket had to really be a sack?) – it would only be too small for him if it were bunching or pulling at the shoulder or underarm. i think it fits nicely.

    he looks like a normal guy trying on a cute outfit instead of a fashionista who is simply a mannequin for a hair/makeup/outfit/accessories matched from an editorial.

    which we might need more of, no?
    we we might need more of, no?

  16. Chris

    April 15, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Anyone have a take on the fit of this blazer? I know that the new Polo Ralph Lauren men’s ad campaign features such a style. You can really see the influence of Thom Browne especially in the lapels (they seem to get narrower each season!). I still respect this man’s sense of style, though.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that it makes no sense to me to sell clothes that are a size or two too small. Let me ask any private-schooled guy out there: Remember when you outgrew your nice blazer (navy or otherwise), but your parents wanted it to last the rest of the year? Did you take pride in your blazer when you had to avoid reaching out or bending your arms in it? That what I thought.

    If you aspire to be, or are, a true sartorialist, you should be relaxed in your clothes, instead of worrying about their fit every second. Clothes should move around you, not the other way around (and I mean that in a literal and figurative sense).

  17. Brendan

    April 16, 2007 at 12:21 am

    wow, this picture was total déjà vu, I was at a bar in upstate NY last night, and a very similar looking guy had literally an identical outfit to this. (khaki, blazer, small bowtie) Although this guy pulls it off MUCH better! I agree about the pants splotches though, its a no go for me.

  18. NYC Modelista

    April 16, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Love the look! This is a perfect balance of a little hip and hop. The bowtie and suit are preppy and the unshaven look and sunglasses are hip.

  19. Candid Cool

    April 16, 2007 at 12:39 am

    RayBans never go out of style

  20. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 1:10 am

    sorry, but a bit contrived…

  21. Janvangogh

    April 16, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Ooooh! Painter!

  22. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Awesome!

  23. david

    April 16, 2007 at 2:41 am

    I am all about this guy! He looks great. He’s got to work for RL.

  24. My Fall Collection

    April 16, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Wait, those are paint splotches on his *pants*? I thought that was his hand (with inexplicable paint splotches) under his jacket and tucked into his pants pocket? In any case, I love the bow tie and how it juxtaposes against his sorta mean expression.

  25. Anna

    April 16, 2007 at 3:36 am

    I really, really, really, like this!
    The bowtie, the paint stained pants. The child inside the man is taking over!

  26. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 4:09 am

    Do those mini bowties simply come shorter, or do you somehow tie them differently?

  27. Cut of cloth

    April 16, 2007 at 6:21 am

    Hobo Chic
    An Interesting and Humorous Combination
    A sideways look at
    Boffin Hunk
    Great show and tell get up
    to get about town in…

  28. Pop It Alex

    April 16, 2007 at 8:21 am

    it´s great and chic i adore him

  29. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 8:57 am

    This look may be unusual for NYC but he looks like most frat boys at southern colleges going to a football game or fraternity smoker. Very cool.

  30. william d. anderson

    April 16, 2007 at 9:22 am

    does it work? only if he really didn’t care if it did or not. depends on this guys intention. personally, i think all the open space around the tie, with that tiny collar is odd against the shape of the jacket and the loose fitting chinos. without the tie…you just have another guy in a blazer and distressed pants. he probably gave this less thought than we have. if so…it works.

    good shot.
    w

  31. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 9:26 am

    The proportions of what seems to be a small bowtie on a broad shouldered man seem odd.

    Let’s not even talk about his crotch area. It confounds.

    Points for gusto, though, I suppose.

    mltt

  32. Susanna

    April 16, 2007 at 10:27 am

    This looks like half the guys I went to college with. We had a dress code, which meant shirts and ties for men. However, the student body was kind of crunchy so it wasn’t unusual to see a guy with beat-up khakis and a bow tie.

    I’ve visited since graduation, and male students still dress that way. Take this guy and plunk him down in the middle of Sewanee, TN and he’d look right at home.

  33. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Polo Ralph Lauren
    always looks good…
    timeless

  34. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Polo ralph lauren
    always looks timeless…

  35. hoi polloi

    April 16, 2007 at 11:42 am

    mmmmm… I don’t know. Something about that blue blazer and khaki pants is too Ralph Lauren preppy for me. That look can never be done tongue in cheek when its currently being worn seriously by so many

  36. fashionnerd

    April 16, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    have always loved bowtie…. bowtie and aviators?? i like it… :)

  37. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    maybe a bit too contrived but an A for effort.

    My opinion is that the jacket is not as much as too small as it is too short. No matter what the fashion, when the button is so high to show 5 inches of shirt and belt underneath and the length of the jacket stops 1/2 way down the zipper of the trousers, it is not flattering…

  38. evad

    April 16, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    love it although not sure i could pull it myself, yeh when are u coming to london, we’re offended my your absence!

  39. Sarah Katherine

    April 16, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    The ability to easily infuse one’s carraige and fashion with their unique personality makes great style. His collage of irreverent prep certainly adds to this man’s presence.

    I would do a double take too!

  40. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Do not care for this look at all. I don’t know if it’s the shades, or the facial hair that’s throwing me off. And as for the chinos, bad idea. The paint splatters or whatnot just look sloppy to me.

  41. Will in New York

    April 16, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    This gentleman looks too big and tall for his jacket…or the jacket too small and short for the gentleman. Who knows?
    The rest is OK, I guess he is young and with good looks so he can wear what he wants and still look acceptable.
    Closer to J Crew than R L though…

  42. travissanpedro

    April 16, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    He looks like the seniors at my prep school, paint splotches and all, except it’s dried clay from ceramics. The paint does indeed look a bit contrived and poorly pulled off – that said, the unkempt, nonchalant look only works until a certain age. I like the bow tie though.

  43. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Flawless…

  44. Anonymous

    April 16, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    I’m fine with the look from the waist up. I’m actually a great fan of Polo overall. The pre-weathtered, pre-splattered khakis, however, are another embarrassing effort from RL to sell bohemia/Old Money/whatever to the suburban shopping mall set. Sort of his version of “Jackson Pollack wore khakis,” like The Gap did several years ago. More costume than clothes.

  45. IASSART.

    April 16, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    He looks good.He looks o’ so neat on the top with his bowtie,casual shirt, and jacket.But then on his pants a splash of paint…somewhat artsy.

  46. Anna

    April 17, 2007 at 12:58 am

    i’m pretty in love right now.

    pants.

    bowtie.

    boy.

    mmm.

  47. Carlene

    April 17, 2007 at 9:00 am

    I like the scruffy/bowtie/aviator combination, but this guy looks like one of the guys who used to bark at me from their frathouse when I walked by. Good times.

  48. Tara

    April 17, 2007 at 11:35 am

    i love everything about this

  49. zelia

    April 17, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Wow… great look… preppy meets relaxed… the aviator sunglasses suit his face perfectly.
    great choice.
    know you have a faithful reader in lisbon, portugal.
    keep up the good work!

  50. Anonymous

    April 18, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Wonderful. Edgy, American Trad. One can only hope his style catches on as fashion.

    American Trad

  51. THOM

    April 18, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Forget about the tie, he is well put together and might I add, damn sexy.

  52. Andrew

    April 19, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    I’m betting he works for Polo Ralph Lauren since you photographed him outside the company headquarters at 650 Madison.

    What is cool to wear at Polo inside the company may be wrong on the streets outside the company.

  53. sandman_gr

    April 20, 2007 at 6:21 am

    He manages to make something boring look amazingly interesting!!!!

  54. motard66

    April 22, 2007 at 8:26 am

    I will say this: I love the notion that a young man in the US would go for this combo and not make it look like he’s a preppy asshole; there are a few too many people in the US who wear this combo and manage to bring the word “arshole” to mind. However, I don’t like how the jacket fits – it’s way too small in the torso length, yet too broad in the shoulders. I can’t tell if he got it all at a thrift store, which is great, and was going for a preppy look on a budget, which is also great, or if he bought this all off the rack from RL like some of you are suggesting. Which is just bad. If he’s going for ironic wrinkled-messy-faux-prep-art-boy on a legit level, LOVE IT. If he bought it all, NO.

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