201 comments

  1. Simbarashe

    January 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    This is like a gothic Bram Stoker meets Addams. I love his choices, and it it just works in black and white. This is killer.
    http://lordashbury.com

  2. Laura

    January 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I always love your black and white photos!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  3. Bonilla

    January 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    In a word: badass.

  4. marta

    January 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t know anything about fashion! but I love your blog. Maybe I’ll learn something someday. Come to Poland! Once more! m.

  5. Natalia

    January 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I love the intensity of this shot.

  6. Hannah

    January 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    fantastic photograph! love piazza della repubblica and love sartorially adventurous florentine uomini

  7. Lilia

    January 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t get it … very, very puzzled. Waiting for other comments to form an opinion :)

    • Bill Stubblefield

      January 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I’m with you. I’m not even sure what I’m seeing.

      • Jonathan

        January 9, 2013 at 5:53 am

        I’m with you two.

    • cristi (hipshops.com)

      January 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

      I’m with you too! What’s with all the guys with skirts? And that bag is so ugly.

      Hi! I’m an editor @ hipshops.com

      • Steven

        January 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        All over the world men wear skirts, I do not see how this could be incomprehensible.

  8. Elitsa

    January 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Intense …

  9. Meralbabacan

    January 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Love this look,very funny.. http://www.dolcemood.com

  10. Meralbabacan

    January 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Love this look,very funny..

  11. Orangeufunny

    January 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Forgot his wig and pearls.

    • Tonia

      January 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Ha ! When i first saw this photo, I thought …edgy, cool, goth. Then I read your comment and had a good giggle. I took a second look at the photo and the edgy goth turned into grandma chic.

    • Charlie

      January 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Silly. But great photography.

  12. Jessica

    January 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Okay, THIS… THIS is my favourite photo by you.
    Well done!

    The Lovelorn

  13. Nomadic D.

    January 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Wow. I am left speechless. I don’t even know why I’m leaving this comment because my brain is unable to form a coherent thought about this man and his garb.

    http://www.nomadicd.com

    • M

      January 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      I felt the same way!!! was it a priest!! NO!! a rebel?a fashion statement…my brain s still processing

  14. JetsetBabe

    January 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t know what to say about the whole men in skirts kinda thing, but it’s not HOT!

    Just sayin’

    Br,

    JetsetBabe

    http://jetsetbabe.com

    • montalvar

      January 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      The only men allowed to wear skirts are priests and they are NOT hot!

      • anna

        January 9, 2013 at 5:14 am

        Allowed?????? do you need to be allowed – by who?? – to wear skirts or whatever you like to wear?

      • Tim

        January 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        “Allowed…?” Please.

        Just remember, McQueen died for the world’s sins against the spirit of fashion.

      • Charlie

        January 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm

        Well, Scotsmen wear skirts. In quite a manly way. Nothing hot about it, though.

  15. Monika

    January 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    i’m scared.

  16. Millie Cotton

    January 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Even though it’s very fashion, very unsure still about men wearing skirts. This is fierce though.

    Hosting a Temperley giveaway – It’s a LDN Thing

  17. emilia

    January 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Great outfit, he’s very “mystery man” totally attracts attention… love it!

  18. Dan Hurst

    January 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I always love your work. You are a real, & the original Photographic Genius. X

  19. Bohemian Style

    January 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I love that bag and boots aside, he looks like he just walked out of a Gothic painting.

    theBohmerian.com

  20. Rachelle

    January 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    This photo is so captivating.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  21. Becky Bedbug

    January 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    What an amazing atmospheric photo!

    Becky
    xx
    http://www.beckybedbug.com

  22. Charlotte

    January 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  23. sophie

    January 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Une créature de nuit qui sort de l’ombre.

  24. irene

    January 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  25. Margherita

    January 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Loving this, very stylish!

    http://www.theironyou.com

  26. Rink Olga

    January 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Great!with just a photo, it can be said that the author has outdone himself. Masterpiece! Congratulations Mr. Scott Schuman!!

  27. Jennifer

    January 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    A skirt, huh?

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  28. style transmitter

    January 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    From his waist down the proportions of his clothes remind me of an old lady. From the waist up it is very strong masculinity. very intriguing shot…

  29. shirley

    January 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Sublime…

  30. Tonia

    January 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Oh, where do I begin? I simply love this shot – it is exquisite. The man’s sense of style is daring, to say the least.

  31. Nico

    January 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    A man can wears a skirt only if is Scottish to me, and he can have a big bag only if is travelling.

    http://lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it/2013/01/a-little-bit-of-kitsch-in-your-day.html

    • Skirtman

      January 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Scottish men have two arms, two legs and a head just like the rest of us – so why must he be Scottish to qualify to wear a skirt?

  32. Andrea Garrett

    January 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Well, could he be a priest?

  33. Tabbytogo

    January 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Good for him. Cross dressing and not afraid to show it! It takes guts!

    • Alyssa | The Sartorialist

      January 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      It’s interesting you think it’s cross dressing, just because he’s wearing a skirt which some of us have designated as for women. For me it feels more like a dude wearing a skirt. He feels totally masculine anyway!

      • Diane Gauthier

        January 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        WOW….The expression on his face is intense. The skirt doesn’t faze me, many men are wearing canvas kilts in Portland, Oregon. What struck me most strongly is how beautiful Florence is. What a gift to be able to walk her streets, pizzas, arcades. It is probably my favorite city on earth.

    • suzy

      January 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      i wish i can see what his date looks like :)

      • Mag

        January 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        :-)

      • Angela

        January 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

        I’d be glad to be this man’s date, and would wear pants, which i rarely do, to give it the sense of male/female balance that a couple “should have”, but that doesn’t have to lie on men and women respectively. There is something extremely sexy about a man who trusts his instincts and is not afraid to make a statement.
        Also just a walk around Florence would make me forget all about clothes, skirts and pants.

  34. Sevan

    January 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    The depth, perspective and lighting of this black and white picture are superb, but the man in the skirt owns the photo. His stare is so intense and a bit intimidating ! I love his audacious, daring, bold style.

  35. Liz

    January 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I love the fact that he’s wearing a kilt!

    http://lavieenliz.com

    • Wayde

      January 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      When it is that long… is it still a kilt? I am from Scottish heritage and kilts are never this length.

    • PaPaGnomer

      January 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

      It’s not a kilt. It’s a long pleated skirt, looks like silk or rayon, certainly not pleated wool like a most kilt are. Unless it’s a misgnomer, all true Scottish kilts are variations of wool and cotton with distinct pleats, mostly all the same width.

  36. Lelli Family

    January 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Beautiful pic …… dark atmosphere….

    Lelli, italian fashion family

  37. Lace nd Chiffon Fashion Blog

    January 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  38. kitchen afternoon

    January 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    love her coat but Florence could use a facial!

  39. Vala Jagxhiu

    January 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    He has a vert unique look, great love this shot.

  40. THE STEL STYLE

    January 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  41. Mona

    January 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Who is this guy? Need some information. He is sending confusing messages to me. Does he have a frilly collar? It seems like the top half and bottom half are from two different people!

  42. Marshall

    January 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Fantastic shot, such a lot of story behind it.

  43. berenger

    January 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    ‘Diary of a Country Priest’: great film, great photograph yet again. Thank you Scott!

  44. Dahlia

    January 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Not too keen on the bag, but WOW. Just wow.

  45. barbara

    January 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    the real star of this picture is without doubt the great and beautiful architecture of florence.

    but the man fits nicely in, like a voyager from outer space. Wonder what he carries in his bag? certainly unexpected things.

  46. Sophie

    January 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    1/3 femme – 1/3 séminariste – 1/3 homme – pourquoi pas ? intéressant…..

  47. Ivy Lee

    January 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Oh my… Hot!

  48. Gary

    January 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Well, I think this outfit suite him perfectly and that he totally knows what he’s doing. I think that he is very masculine even though we wears a skirt, and that he really makes it work. I guess that most people who are shocked or who really stand against this trend just didn’t really try to renew their eye to accept what’s coming in the air of the 21st century. This guy rocks.

  49. Lejla

    January 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    amazingly strange…

    http://lejlatravels.blogspot.com/

  50. Birt Of The Kool Kendrick

    January 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    So Rowan Atkinson like to dress like an old Italian woman?
    hmmmm

    • Boston Guy

      January 8, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Really? Is that who he is? I love learning who these people are although I am never star struck. Just adds to the interest. THX

      • Claudio P.

        January 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

        His name is Simone, he is a genious! Most of the leather stuff you could see on catwalks last years came out his creative mind. He is normally like this. Brilliant

        • Boston Guy

          January 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

          Do you know the last name, Simone who? I want to see more images of this man!

  51. joanne

    January 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    timeless! but much more effective in Florence than LA

  52. Nic from Thriving Wives

    January 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Wow that’s probably the most masculine man I’ve seen wearing a skirt – and he pulls it off nicely!

    Strive to Thrive,
    Nic
    http://www.Thriving-Wives.com

    • m

      January 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      again…the masculinity of it makes me think of a priest…the rest hmmm…. brain still processing…

    • Di

      January 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      This! He’s wearing a pleated skirt, and it has no effect whatsoever on my perception of his masculinity (he’s very masculine). Amazing! And in Florence, at night, why not?

  53. Aloisa

    January 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I think he may be a lead altar boy. They have older ones in Italy and sometimes they’ve grown out of the cassocks they wear – hence the shorter length . Am being serious, by the way! Either that or he’s an actor playing an altar youth. Does he know he’s in the Sartorialist???

    • Mr Al

      January 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

      A man in a skirt – excellent! More of us should wear them. Don’t give in to trouser tyranny!

      I can’t see why any of you think his skirt looks like a priest’s cassock. The skirt is heavily pleated and not like a cassock at all.

      Skirt length is not good. Too “old lady”. He should have made it a bit longer, down to his shoes. But it must be hard buying long enough skirts when you’re as tall as him. I struggle and I’m only 5′ 10″.

      And I hate the bag. Looks like he borrowed it from his granny. That and the skirt length spoil the look, IMHO. A shame. Fortunately his expression redeems him and make for a great photo.

  54. Wayde

    January 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Has Ricardo Tisci seen this? Givenchy introduced kilts (shorter skirts) for men a few seasons ago and has been championing them ever since. Maybe the longer skirt will make an appearance in the winter collections. It reminds me of Damir Doma and Rick Owens, a very feminine peice but executed in a tough way. I’m not sure every man out there is ready to receive the idea and incorporate it into their daily dress but it certainly works in this instance.

  55. Susie

    January 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    so haunting, and love the androgyny.

    Sea and Swank

  56. Mia Marionette

    January 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Great photo! I love how the styling is emphasized by the black&white effect!

    http://blog.miamarionette.com/

  57. Naka

    January 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    WTF are you doing wearing a skirt? Laundry day and you had to borrow your GF’s stuff?

    Get a grip.

    • Dirron

      January 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

      You’re clueless. This is current and edgy avant garde fashion. Try and learn something…

  58. Starr

    January 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    The interpretations are so diverse and fascinating! To me he looks like Matrix revisited…a priestly sci fi badass in a skirt!

  59. devoted to your blog

    January 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    What a story! Thank you for the fantasy, intensity and intrigue of this photo.

  60. c woodyard

    January 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Very interesting man! I think he’s going to get on that bicicleta and pick up is kid from grandma……Not boring, refreshing! Great pic, Scott

  61. Anete

    January 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    So strong!

    • snowpark

      January 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I think same as U

  62. milex

    January 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I would wear it from head to toe.
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  63. monica glavé

    January 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Mary Poppins! This is my favorite photo on your blog. Everything is perfect and I wish I could meet this man in person. You did an amazing job capturing the mood, his stance, placement………wow!

  64. jett

    January 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Woohoo. Good times in Italy. Why dont I ever get to see something like this over there?

  65. Biba

    January 7, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Qui est ce bel homme? On dirait un personnage de la renaissance italienne peint par Piero della Francesca. Une beauté!

  66. ADJ

    January 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Out of the box. Love this. Super dramatic.

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  67. diane

    January 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Bravo. Fabulous. Why do men not wear skirts?

  68. Libby

    January 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Men in skirts… there should be more! Love the moody photo too.
    Libby, Australia

  69. john b pritchett

    January 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Powerful! Very cinematic and intense.

  70. snowpark

    January 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    It;s so strong! looks nice

  71. Desiree

    January 7, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Not really digging this whole look though. :/

    http://desireechoo.blogspot.com

  72. Erica

    January 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Nice shot! What on earth is Ian Dury doing in a dress?

  73. RJT

    January 7, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Though I love the moodiness of the setting and the black and white tones, the guys expression with that outfit made me laugh out loud.
    Add the purse and he looks like a vampire wearing his grandmothers clothing.
    I certainly admire, love and swoon over challenging high fashion, but this ensemble on this man is just too much for me to take seriously – but I enjoyed looking at it all the same and having a good chuckle.

  74. RJT

    January 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Oh wait ! Is he a priest ?! If so I take back my ‘grandmothers clothing’ comment
    If this is the case, he is simply a man in his work clothes ?

  75. Cakes and Manolos

    January 8, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Marc Jacobs.

  76. Guy

    January 8, 2013 at 1:21 am

    What the hell has happened to men?

  77. Eleanora

    January 8, 2013 at 1:30 am

    La jupe est manifique!!

  78. AHKA VINTAGE

    January 8, 2013 at 1:33 am

    What an amazing photograph!
    http://www.AhkaVintage.com

  79. Raisie Speaks

    January 8, 2013 at 1:51 am

    This photo has power and intrigue! Love it!

  80. alex

    January 8, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Killer!

  81. Eric G

    January 8, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Busted!

  82. laModaAndrogina

    January 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

    This is…so…androgynous. Loved it!

  83. Sabrina

    January 8, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Love the mood of the picture. And that man’s outfit is stunning.

  84. Denisa

    January 8, 2013 at 3:03 am

    So nice pic and I like Italy. Have a nice day,

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  85. une chatte grise

    January 8, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Mr Schuman: You do realize that you _need_ to make the movie that goes with this still, right?

    • berenger

      January 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Bresson made it in 1951… It is titled ‘Diary of a Country Priest’. Or perhaps Scott’s movie could be called ‘Diary of a Florentine Fashionista’…

  86. Elisa

    January 8, 2013 at 3:41 am

    I don’t like!

    xoxo
    Elisa – MY FANTABULOUS WORLD

  87. Colleen

    January 8, 2013 at 4:05 am

    One of your best pics ever Scott! Love your Black and white more, you capture the mood so well.

  88. Eva

    January 8, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Amazing shot although the outfit itself is pretty interesting…

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  89. Cecilia

    January 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

    He is not the tipycal Florentine gentleman! Great photo.

  90. Noemi

    January 8, 2013 at 4:19 am

    The photo itself is beautiful, but sorry, I like men dressed like men and not like grandmother. Am I old fashioned? Maybe, but that’s what I think.

  91. Λιλη

    January 8, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I love the contrast in this photo. If the guy is straight too, it would serve the theme greatly!!
    The guy captured my eye that it took me much time to notice what is around him (the corridor the bicyle)

  92. StreetLounge

    January 8, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Hmm, very strange clothes, but the picture is amazing! Such a strong look!

  93. byboo

    January 8, 2013 at 4:28 am

    pretty!

  94. Ana

    January 8, 2013 at 4:30 am

    a Monk in Savonarola’s time. fantastic shot!

  95. Victoria

    January 8, 2013 at 5:13 am

  96. Tunet Jordaan

    January 8, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I love this photograph for all the ways that it challenges my ideas on gender appropriate clothing. It is remarkable how a girl in men’s inspired clothing is the norm and a man in a skirt makes me flinch. Yet, I love the mixture of textures and the discreet little piece of skirt that makes its appearance…
    If I am not mistaken this very gentleman makes his appearance in one of your books?

    • melanie

      January 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

      great comment. the “flinch” you mention happened to me too, but it is more about the intensity coming out of this person – men wearing skirts (while still avant garde) has been in the public consciousness more and more. but the intensity of this man is what makes this so masculine to me – he is absolutely wearing his clothes, the clothes are not wearing him at all.

      • M.

        January 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        If this is the state of manhood now we are in a lot of trouble.

        As we left Florence we saw some other men wearing blankets and skirts and what have you. Fashion has become a joke.

  97. Nancy

    January 8, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Drag Noir?

  98. bisbee

    January 8, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Interesting picture…raises lots of questions, which is the point, or one of them.

    But men in skirts? If he’s not a cross-dresser, or of some such ilk…no. It doesn’t work for Marc Jacobs, and it doesn’t work for this guy, in my opinion, of course…

  99. Sunny Side

    January 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

    God secretary’s pope has found a new job … and escape to Firenze !

  100. patricia

    January 8, 2013 at 6:51 am

    gorgeous black pic!! ;) love it

    http://blogcashmeremafia.blogspot.com

  101. Lydia

    January 8, 2013 at 7:12 am

    OMG, he is wearing a skirt! And a long one at that! This is a fantastic shot!

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  102. debbie

    January 8, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Not sure why dudes get off on wearing women’s clothing, but so be it. I would personally like to own this skirt and bag myself. Pretty sure I could pull it off better as well.

    • Dirron

      January 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Please. You’re just jealous that a man can look just as good (and in this case, better) than a women in a skirt. Deal with it.

      • M.

        January 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

        Oh that’s it. I’m jealous of him. Sure. Someone has arrested your mind.

    • mrpinkcat

      January 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Since when do women have sole ownership of wearing a skirt. If we follow your way of thinking a women should not be wearing trousers. If you feel comfortable then wear it. Live n let live.
      On the other hand I enlarged the picture and looked at the gentlemans face …. The word Huanted comes to mind :-s

  103. Marián

    January 8, 2013 at 8:02 am

  104. Biancamaria

    January 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Can’t wait to go there!!!!

    http://whiteindoor.blogspot.com

  105. simon dring

    January 8, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hi.
    I think there comes a time when a man dresses like a little old lady,it may be time for a rethink.x

  106. L'Oliphant

    January 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

    He’s got the perfect bag!!!! and skirt too!

  107. PaPaGnomer

    January 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Even though many females seem to believe that because their parents ground into them as babies that ONLY females deserved the choice of skirted or panted leg coverings, isn’t that outlook a bit discriminatory, if not a whole lot discriminatory. I am a 70 year old man who has been wearing skirts since I was 6, (My Mother thought I looked wonderful in either skirts or manly dresses.(manly = flat-chested) She really enjoyed new people in the neighborhood’s compliments on her beautiful young daughter’s long straight blond hair, white skin and sky-blue eyes. I’m over 70 now and still have the eyes, skin and mid-back blond hair (with a little gray at the roots. Only thing that has changed is MomNDad passed away, I wear glasses all the time now and my memory is getting sketchy about recent things. The stuff from 50 years ago, I remember as if they just happened.
    You can see a current picture of me at the site http://www.skirtcafe.org I post there under the name “Since1982″.

    • Wayde

      January 9, 2013 at 5:45 am

      Papa Gnomer, I find you incredibly inspiring. Good on you for sticking to your guns and wearing the clothing that you like. I also notice a lot of people engaged in these comments aren’t phased by the skirt and thats refreshing.

  108. Dea

    January 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I love your work! I don’t know how you find all these interesting people, always to be admired!

    http://www.timelessdifference.com

  109. Giada

    January 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Never seen a man dressed like this in Florence before!

    Kisses,
    Giada

    http://giadascarnival.blogspot.com

  110. Elena

    January 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Great black and white photo!!!! So much drama on it!
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

  111. lindy702

    January 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Haunting, exquisite image. Had to have been shown in BW, one of your best ever!

  112. Pi

    January 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

    What a fantastic shot Scott, full of mystery and intrigue. My mind makes up a multitude of stories for what I am seeing and even though the photograph is quite large on my computer screen, I want to blow it up more and find out what the heck is going on with his collar?! I’m not critical of it, it is just so out of place with the absolute neatness of the rest of his attire I get this picture in my mind of him wrestling some kind of supernatural beast in an alley, (perhaps w/ the aid of something in his bag?) besting it and brushing the dust from and straightening his jacket before re-entering the night world of Florence. Androgynous? The man may be in a skirt, but there is nothing feminine about him.

    • Energie

      January 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Great comment!

  113. Manon

    January 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

    That’s an amazing shot !

  114. Dale

    January 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Very dark and arresting subject. Can’t help but wonder what’s on his mind.
    Its unfortunate that ‘fashion’ followers still frown on men in skirt forgetting that only a couple decades ago women were frowned upon if they wore pants. These days pants are such an integral part of any woman’s wardrobe that it’s unthinkable.

  115. objectlessons

    January 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    the perills of goth. personal opinion – that look is not convincing on that gentleman at all. the handbag and the pleated skirt say “grandma”.

    the photograph is a great shot though.

  116. koka

    January 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

    He’s a genius!

  117. Stella

    January 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Great photo! He looks like a man of the cloth..

  118. Helena

    January 8, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Laurence Anyways.

  119. Bob

    January 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Amazing photo, on so many levels. Destined to garner endless comments!

  120. Pat Gerrard

    January 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

    OK, so maybe this guy is a priest or a part of the church in some way but if that is the case and the reason for his unusual mix of attire, then what is so disarming is the cold expression on his face. Badass is right.

  121. melanie

    January 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

    the tailoring on his coat is fan-freaking-tastic

  122. Beate

    January 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Gorgeous – Photographer and model!

  123. mMore

    January 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

    is funny when you see a man in skirt …
    usually is a camp queen ( almost if you see a guy/girl in na thong it will be that one which shouldn’t EVER wear such thing)
    he is pulling this look with such mastery or monastery.

  124. Juanita

    January 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Some people are saying how they love the ‘intensity’ of this look but I mis-read (Freudian style) ‘intensity’ for ‘insanity’ ……………… I’m sure he’s enjoying himself which has to be a plus in a situation like this !!!

  125. Zorba

    January 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    We will take over the world! One skirted man at a time…

  126. K. Johnson

    January 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Too much Mary Poppins, not enough Al Pacino. The flaring of the hem of the skirt is echoed by the flare of the bag and for me it makes his shape look baggy. From the hem of the coat up he looks trim and classic.

  127. Katie

    January 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Is he wearing glasses or does he have a piercing in his nose? I think he looks good but for some reason I wish his collar came up higher. It’s like he’s dressed for cold weather except for his neck. But maybe he is so tough it doesn’t bother him.

    I feel kind of guilty about this comment — it seems rude to speculate about/critique people so publically. I guess it’s the bad part about blogs.

  128. Mon

    January 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    he reminds me of “Ann”, one of David Walliams’ characters from Little Britain…

  129. Xeana

    January 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  130. cece

    January 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    If we lived together…we would fight it out for this outfit. Goes beyond the usual “boyfriend’s sweater”.

  131. Sabaa

    January 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Great moody photo and I love the idea of men in skirts.

  132. May Kay

    January 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    The photo per se is great but the man is not well. He is not just ” a man wearing a kilt” but he is partly dressed up as a woman. He wears a long, ruffled skirt, a frilly blouse , carries a feminine bag, and his expression is stern, wary. I wonder if he gave you permission to take the picture, and if he did, why. He must know he looks odd.

  133. pimpmybricks.wordpress.com

    January 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I like so much of this – I like his face, his hair, his skirt and especially his shoes. Love those shoeses. But I wish he’d ditch the bag (immensely practical though it is) because it seems to lend the whole a rather unfortunate suggestion of Angela Lansbury in Murder She Wrote. And that’s just not a good association.

  134. Niils

    January 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Scott, honestly, on the men’s side, this pic is arguably the most amazing you have ever taken!

  135. Nova York

    January 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Love the photo.
    Hate the outfit. Sorry guys.

    Rui from Visitar Nova York

  136. Ann-Marie

    January 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    The mystery and atmosphere of this photo is so compelling. It’s impossible to view it and not have a dozen questions come to mind and that’s what casts its spell.

  137. Ira

    January 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I think men that wear skirts this well are really very attractive!

  138. Steven

    January 8, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Make this a poster and we (I) will buy it. Haunting photo, it goes beyond style – the mood, black and white, the building, that stare! Love, love, love

  139. Miami

    January 9, 2013 at 1:40 am

    The exhaustion is palpable. When will the story behind this intriguing photo be revealed?

  140. Milan Boya

    January 9, 2013 at 5:31 am

  141. pat

    January 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

    uomo con gonna lunga nera=prete.
    sarebbe bastato che l’orlo della gonna fosse un pò più corto, per cambiare tutto. In meglio.

  142. Stephen

    January 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    This Guy needs to play the next Bond Villan

    • Miami

      January 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Agreed.

  143. Michael

    January 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Great photo, but is that really a man in a dress with a handbag ?

  144. Zoe Alexander

    January 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Wow! What a photo! It says so much – the mood, the ambience it is really brilliant Scott!

  145. Caren

    January 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    The bag kills this look. The frilly collar is a bit thespian. Without the bag I could believe this was not a costume.

  146. Fern

    January 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    He looks like he’s going to perform an exorcism!

  147. Beau Hardy

    January 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    “Slashed and guarded skirted doublet with double-puffed paned slashed sleeves over ruffled shirt. ” Pattern description of a Renaissance man’s garment based on the Italian fashion 1495-1543. Looks like what was old is new again.

  148. Le Monsieur de la Coin Bureau

    January 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Now that we have the whole ‘men-in-skirts-or-not’ thing completely covered from several angles and viewpoints, can we take a moment to discuss a technical aspect or two?

    While the photograph is certainly striking on many levels, I must say that I am a bit put-off by the bicycle directly behind the main subject. It’s distracting, no? So, now I have to wonder how the over-all composition and lighting would suffer by either moving the camera or the subject, and whether the photograph would basically fall apart as a result. All that said, the subject seems to be standing in the perfect spot to take advantage of the light from the shop window/doorway to distinguish the dark figure from the background.

    OK, now, fit this all into the twenty or thirty seconds, (maximum), you have to make an image like this and you have a whole new appreciation for just how remarkable an image this is.

    I guess I’d just like to know what the photographer was thinking and his thought process for managing the elements in this photo.

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this conversation.
    Regards,
    Le Monsieur de la Coin Bureau

  149. Matt

    January 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Perhaps he thinks he’s Mary Poppins.

  150. anonymous

    January 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I passed 6 months in Florence last year and I runned into him many times. He has really a unique style and nice tattoos!
    I regret not talking to him. He seems very interesting!

  151. gioconda rafanelli

    January 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    beautiful picture! He is Simone Serni :)

  152. jhacknic

    January 11, 2013 at 2:20 am

    thanks for sharing! ;)

  153. SRoxburgh

    January 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

    “My name is Norman Bates, I’m just a average guy!” Reminds me of that song by Landscape from the 80′s

  154. Ale IED

    January 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    This is Simone Serni a magician when he organise fashion events, he teaches in IED Florence at the Master in Fashion Evenets and PR…(link: http://www.ied.edu/florence/fashion-school/master-courses/fashion-events-and-public-relations/CPH2048E)

  155. craigandrew18

    May 24, 2013 at 3:40 am

    cool!

  156. Mistrot

    October 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I love the outfit!! I like the men skirt. Women dress like men, men like women… Why not?That’s unisex… for everybody.

  157. federico

    December 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Simone has always been very creative and always prone to ignite debates or laughter with his outfits. He is an incredible fashion designer and a great connoisseur of food and he doesn’t give a shit what one might think about his style. i haven’t seen him in ages and just stumbled upon this photo after some 5 years since i saw him last.
    Sei Forte Simo
    Fede

  158. Joanna Fursman

    January 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    This is absolutely my favourite image, this is the photograph that always jumps into my mind when I want to recommend your blog to friends.

  159. Mr. Smith

    January 11, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I like that he is wearing a skirt in a masculine way. Yet I think a more tailored, straight cut skirt would look better with that outfit. A pants-like A-line skirt could also work. With straight cuts, you have to watch out for freedom of movement – men don’t want to hobble around, feeling helpless and restricted. (the need for fight-or-flight may occur when wearing a skirt as a man) Box pleats in the front/back can help. Men won’t like slits in a men’s skirt as a general rule.

  160. Christopher

    November 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Chill w all the Western gender policing.

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