Monday, October 2, 2006

At Martin Margiela

I have not liked full pleated pants in quite a while but he does a good job with them here – I think the slimness on top really helps


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  1. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 2:45 am

    I love this look!

  2. Lit

    October 2, 2006 at 3:52 am

    Very cool man, the pose, the ciggie, very French, an awesome, yet street casual look.

  3. savvylondon

    October 2, 2006 at 5:45 am

    d’accord. very relaxed. volume takes a certain nonchalant attitude to wear well. he has that in spades by the look of this picture.

  4. twisterella

    October 2, 2006 at 6:08 am

    oh wow! The pants give him a kind of 20′s-30′s casual playboy kind of feeling… I love that!

  5. pavlov's daughter

    October 2, 2006 at 7:03 am

    me too.

  6. herringbonekid

    October 2, 2006 at 8:07 am

    there’re too low-waisted as most modern trousers are.

  7. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 8:38 am

    Been there, done that. Show me originality.

  8. Butch

    October 2, 2006 at 8:56 am

    Yeah, the slimness on top DOES help–so does the relatively long torso…

  9. mudrocks

    October 2, 2006 at 9:01 am

    I like he’s look, it’s rough looking at the bottom but it comes together. I’m not exactly fond of the shoes though.

  10. Rafe

    October 2, 2006 at 9:38 am

    I must say I’m ready for pleated trousers but they must be cut narrow at the top and like this guy, you have to play with proportions and wear something skinny on top.

  11. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 9:55 am

    good lord, yes it’s ALL about the super-slim top part balancing the romantic bottom part….he looks incredible. natural chic at it’s best.

  12. bdickason

    October 2, 2006 at 10:56 am

    I’ve definitely been wearing this outfit since H&M dropped their ‘relaxed’ grey wool pants last spring! I prefer a white shirt, however.

  13. Rex

    October 2, 2006 at 11:55 am

    Really nice look. He made pleated pants look cool. I want a pair now.

  14. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    he reminds me of brad pitt in Snatch with his posture and attitude, and the slimness.

  15. Cupcake Queen

    October 2, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    not to mention that hes kinda hot…

  16. Sarah

    October 2, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    This guy´s sense of style and interset in fashion is extremely hot! Because it isn´t “in your face” fashion, but “I just happen to be this good” fashion

    Sarah again
    Kisses from sweden

  17. John and Sarah

    October 2, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    For those of us on personal missions to eradicate pleated trousers from the face of the Earth, I’ll let this misplaced sense of fashion irony by the gentlemen in the photograph slide by without offering too much derision. Nevertheless, the only thing missing here is a vertical stripe shirt worn untucked and some square toe black shoes with really thick soles. If you’re going to “do” irony, you might as well dance right over the precipice.

  18. inbalance

    October 2, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    For me pleated pants for men reached their apex with Marithe and Francois Girbaud..I’ve always loved them…triple pleats! But then I am tall. Now they are a fashion faux pas!

  19. Tamberk

    October 2, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    Nice alternative to skin tight pants!

  20. Thebodytalk

    October 2, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    What a great pose!

  21. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    mmm perfect

  22. miss dish

    October 2, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    Uncanny – I’m wearing Margiela right nowAND the female version of this outfit!

    And you’re absolutely right – the pleats only work if the top is relatively form-fitting – I have on a tight vest over a flouncy top with a huge collar bow.

    I think he looks wonderful. Then again, I’m biased.

  23. the patriarch

    October 2, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Clown pants.

  24. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    that’s how I like my men.

  25. bensmith

    October 2, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    i love the full pants am so over skinny jeans – agree the more fitted top helps also the fact that the volume continues all the way down and the leg dosent taper in towards the hem like aweful pleat front pants of yore.

  26. positively the same dame

    October 2, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    i’m going with john on this one.

  27. Andrew

    October 2, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve never been a supporter of pleats for anyone under the age of 70, but there’s something about this look and pose which works tremendously well. The skinny top and the pose make it, but health be damned, the cigarette doesn’t hurt.

  28. Rebecca

    October 2, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    It’s inevitable and he does it well.

  29. Swagger

    October 2, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    Very 80′s Armani, Extra full pant with fitted tops.

  30. Rachel

    October 2, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    the connection b/w the eyes, even half-veiled, and the camera creates or reflects the substance of the man, dependent upon the viewer’s sense; an impression of the clothing and details then follows

  31. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    ilove the pleated pants. it reminds me of old school hiphop meeet marc jaconbs( who i think pulled from that for his latest mens coollections) its very fresh.

  32. ambar

    October 2, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    those pants are called ZOOTIES . from the ZOOTIE suit worn back in the 30′s-40′s—
    they rocked in the harlem’s dancefloors

  33. little_bowtie

    October 2, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    oooh. I like him.

  34. miss dish

    October 3, 2006 at 12:54 am

    Re: John.

    I disagree that this boy’s look has anything to do with irony. The idea of irony as irony is a bit last year, no? I’m just a little (a lot) tired of this postmodern whine re. fashion. Do whatever the hell you want to do; if you look good, you look good.

    Fact is – if you don’t have hips, or an ass to speak of… pleats work.

    The whole too-cool-for-school / fat-girl-with-no-date-for-prom routine is passe.

    Homeboy’s at a Martin Margiela show; I doubt he’s losing sleep over whether or not you love his pleats… Plus he’s hot .

  35. Anonymous

    October 3, 2006 at 10:01 am

    I hate pleated pants, but he’s obviously creating a “look” here. Reminds me a lot of 1940s films–probably because the top part is slim-fitting. Love it.

  36. Anonymous

    October 3, 2006 at 10:28 am

    He works in Raf Simons studio in Antwerp. He’s called David and he is truly beautiful

  37. eurobrat

    October 3, 2006 at 11:11 am

    Oh, what a great shot! I don’t particularly like this style of pant, but he pulls it off well.

    Or maybe it’s just the casual pose…

  38. Anonymous

    October 3, 2006 at 1:08 pm

    Question from a lowly non-fashionisto – what do you do if flat-front pants just don’t fit right? I’m from a long line of short, stocky guys and a big lower body is part of the package; for perspective, my younger brother was an All American lacross player, 5′ 6″ and ~ 175 lbs (with like 8% body fat). Skinny just isn’t an option in the family… I’m not quite in that good shape =) but the proportions are similar – big but short legs (28″ inseam), big shoulders, big but short arms…

  39. Anonymous

    October 3, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    Oh, those French boys . . . This picture reminds me so much of those tobacco-flavored kisses from long ago. Plus ca change . . .

  40. herringbonekid

    October 4, 2006 at 6:34 am

    miss dish “Fact is – if you don’t have hips, or an ass to speak of… pleats work.”

    i disagree. i think flat front skinny trousers work better on skinny no-arsed men. having said that, pleated trousers can work on any shape. the reason pleated trousers have fallen from favour is because in the 80s they became the generic naff dad’s trouser. this is sad because you only have to look at images from the 20s to the 50s (when pleated trousers were worn at the correct height…the natural waist) to see how great they look.

  41. Anonymous

    October 6, 2006 at 7:03 am

    balenciaga pants…

  42. catnapping

    October 8, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    Only a slender man can pull off that look.

  43. Anonymous

    October 9, 2006 at 10:54 am

    Fashion is cycical. I’ve been ready for big pleated pants even before Raf Simons did his Fall’06 tour de force with them, and was disappointed that more stores didn’t buy the collection because it was so hard to find. A saleman at 10 Corso Cuomo snorted under his breath questioning why anyone would want them, yet look at all the fashion magazines now and you’ll know that they’re well on their way to becoming mainstream chic again. Just tells me that early adopters should pave the way and be armed with an “I told you so” for later. To say they are out forever is to ignore the nature of fashion.

  44. Addy

    October 10, 2006 at 3:37 am

    Love that look!

  45. Anonymous

    October 10, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    Quick rewriting: trousers are just Filipa K (not Balenciaga) and even though I wish I did, I don’t work for Raf Simons…

  46. Anonymous

    October 10, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    It’s an ok look, but think he would much better with a bath and a shave.

  47. Anonymous

    October 11, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    I feel necessary to precise that this boy is usually much more beautiful and radiant than on this picture. And that this last “bath and shave” remark was more than pointless.

    [Et, Monsieur, c'Ă©tait "Sartorialist" avec un "r", eh oui... hi hi hi]

  48. Jordane

    October 20, 2006 at 7:08 am

    hey I know this guy ! how fun it is to see it on this website ..

  49. Anonymous

    December 2, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    any idea what shoes he is wearing?

  50. aliceinprogress

    June 12, 2007 at 7:18 am

    Selfconfident and stylish man are my favorits

  51. Anonymous

    September 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

    he is my supervisor . how lucky am i.

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