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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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???
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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.
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
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″.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Now that we have the whole â€˜men-in-skirts-or-notâ€™ 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. Itâ€™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 Iâ€™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.
Le Monsieur de la Coin Bureau
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
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.
The name of the man in this Photo is Simone Serni.
He died yesterday, he hanged himself. He died at 11.00 was a creative genius, a forerunner and I will miss him a lot. I love you my friend wherever you are now. V