I’ve known Michael for a long time now and he is always turned out, well groomed and quite the traffic stopper with his outfits. Whether he’s walking the dog or rushing to the shows, he’s consistent. A true fashionista! Love the beads!
“He wants/hopes to see good product and he doesn’t mind sweating the details.” Was this a deliberate pun?!
I work in a conservative corporate environment. Even though our company has no dresscode, it is still rare to see this style on a guy in the office. My boss does it with flair though. He often wears primary coloured-trousers and it does take a bold and confident personality to pull them off (or I should say “on”!)
I disagree with your comment regarding Americans and bold colors. I think it is the Italians who do bold colors very well. Italians seem to somehow add a bold color in their ensemble without bothering audiences’ senses too much.
Please tell fabulous Michael to keep Saks different – truly differentiated. While its great to see that Saks has reinvigorated itself (my store is downtown Boston), I hate the fact that it’s looking more and more like Barney’s. I just don’t want that. Barney’s has its place, but I expect Saks to be more classic and rich – not as in death by classics: more like sumptuous, substantial. If it follows Barney’s kooky whims it will be death by Barney’s.
he looks so casually cool and i adore the attention to detail…..tough but hopeful? that makes me feel good about the possibilities in fashion, all this monotony and a costume approach sucks!!!! i’d love to see a guy my age (22) with an individual style like this…elegant, cool, and bold!
I like how his aviators and the quality of fabric of the red trousers (at first I thought they were chinos, but they’re not…) lend cred to the preppiness of the look.
This is an example of how this blog helps me appreciate style with an esthetic eye rather than falling back on my kneejerk reactions. At first glance, his looked seemed a little “James Spader circa 1985″ to me, but then I started noticing the details…and they are unique and fun.
His clothes seem too new. This sort of preppy outfit is supposed to be casual–appropriate for sitting in sand or on the deck of a sailboat. When the shoes look like they emerged from a box ten minutes ago and the bag gives the impression that it arrived via express delivery this morning…well, it begins to look like a costume. The summer camp beaded bracelets reinforce my impression that this look is based in nostalgia and very subtle irony.
Maybe I’m just sensitive because I knew people that dressed like this without irony twenty years ago and to see it presented as high fashion strikes me as a bit silly.
Isn’t it a very classical nautcal outfit? Sperry Top-siders, Nuntucket Reds, nautical hand-bag, the belt… The only thing that really stands out is the beads… but I doubt them, really. Anyway, he looks perfect. Good reminder that classics shouldn’t be boring at all
Dr. Macko certainly does have flair to spare! I like the ethnic and rather piratey flavour the beads impart to a traditional ‘preppy’ look.
May we assume from the tote that the good doctor will be imminently boarding the Hamptons jitney? Because this ensemble definitely looks like weekend/resort wear to me, and a bit out of context in the city. I wonder would good old beat-up Gucci loafers (even blue ones) worn without socks have looked more urban and just as cool, without bordering so dangerously on silly.
ralph, gap and j.crew all took their cues from the original: brooks brothers. my dad sported this look (without the bracelets, which i love) all through the 60s + 70s. michael should try espradilles too.
What are you talking about, anonymous? I saw just earlier today a Chicagoan wearing a pink beret (it suited her well, might I add). Chicagoans wear color well; they just don’t do it head-to-toe is all. Love the post – as always, Sart!
Interestingly, Dr. Michael Macko and BF-Man both showed up in this blog in the exact same month before – exactly one year ago! May 2006. Coincidence? Or… No, I think I’ll stop myself here before I start off on some godawful “thread/fashion” pun.
Hello Mr. Sart! Well, my comment really is not about Michael’s outfit (I like the bold colors, especially those ethnic-bead bracelets, cool, I think we will get a long pretty well, ), but what do you mean when you say “tough and hopeful”..
And Mr. Rafe Totengco, is that really you? I know you’re from the Philippines..
I couldn’t agree more with this assessment! Mr. Macko is one of the more wonderful folks in NY fashion. Seeing this picture – and knowing he’s getting yet another well-deserved promotion (Go Michael!) – is gettig my day off to a swell start.
I like it a lot. He weaves in the New England preppy with a sort of street edge, perhaps with the bright red and the bracelets, quite well. The only thing is that it does rather look as though the bracelets are cutting off his circulation.
I commend his boat shoes. Don’t see much of those unfortunately.