Friday, August 21, 2009

On the Street….Grey Suit, Milan


How do they do it?
Without fail, no matter the miserable weather outside, September fashion magazines make me start dreaming of flannels and cashmere.

I guess I am partly to blame. I took this photo of a Cucinelli suit in Milan recently, for the September issue of GQ, and have been thinking about it ever since. Shame on me.

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  1. Monika Poppy

    August 21, 2009 at 11:01 am

    cool

    http://www.monikapoppy.com/
    LOVE FROM MONIKA POPPY
    LIVING AND LOVING IN LONDON TOWN

  2. pink avenue

    August 21, 2009 at 11:03 am

    he looks stunning. you're right — as soon as september glossies hit the stands, i'm craving scarf and boots weather.

    http://onpinkavenue.blogspot.com

  3. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Put away that credit card. It is a great suit, although I expect you will hear quite a bit about how short the pants are. Sart, at least you dont live in South Florida- it does not cool down here until late October or even November, so we still have a bit to go before we can take the cashmere out of the closet. Congrats on the GQ piece. Jorge from WPB

  4. RAWR

    August 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I love a well-fitted suit on a man. Especially a grey one. I also love the tie, which matches the ensamble. And the buttons, which kind of matches the shoes… Even though I'm not very fawn of matching. But this doesn't bother me. Thumbs up!

  5. Commarrah Jewelia

    August 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Well I mean they are the descendants of ancient Gods. It's been a long time, but maybe the magic of old had translated to hanging a suit well and keeping sexy in heat.

  6. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 11:13 am

    This is flawless. Bravo!

  7. K

    August 21, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Ok, that needs to be found in a womens version- simply perfection!

  8. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 11:16 am

    He looks stunning! Wonder if a pop of color would have been good (maybe a colorful handerchief in that suit pocket??)

  9. Yeah, I was going to mention the cropping of the pants; Thom Browne's influence has reached Milan it seems. A damned shame really! LOL! ;)

  10. JouJou Loves You

    August 21, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Ahhhhh this hurts so good. The tie!!!! OH OH OH the tie!!!!

    I'm a sucker for crisp white shirts. Oooph

  11. Dreamer in Canada

    August 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Something about the tie bugs me. It might be that it is a skinny one and I am more accustomed to wider ties, or perhaps it is the way it sticks out of the jacket.

    But I love the crispness of the suit, truly calls of Autumn, and I love the pose a real man at work checking his pager.

    I love the shoes by themselves. They are beautiful but I'm not sure if they go with the rest of the outfit.

  12. JFK Jean

    August 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Scott, you really know how to keep our pockets full and imaginations at bay, huh? Magnificent!

  13. Miz.November

    August 21, 2009 at 11:46 am

    That is one sharp looking suit.

  14. -h

    August 21, 2009 at 11:50 am

    every man should own a grey suit. it is the male equivalent of the LBD in my opinion. magnificent

  15. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Nice fit, a good clean look. However, I do not care for the look of shortened trousers with a suit.

  16. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Everything about this if impeccable. I love it.

  17. Alice Olive

    August 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    He looks sharp. I love how neutral it all is. Elegant.

  18. thwany

    August 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    so sharp, love it.

  19. James

    August 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I.
    want.
    that.
    suit.

  20. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    sharp suit, though the pants do look too short.

    nice to see a man actually using the pockets in his suit coat.

    and those pesky italians will wear brown shoes with any color of suit and pull it off. how do they manage THAT?

  21. Thomas

    August 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    This guy made my day… amazing!

  22. G. R. Mardock

    August 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Can't complain with this ensemble at all. I love everything about it.

    Maybe if he were starting to go gray on top.

    Mmm… I can't wait to start going gray myself.

  23. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Can someone tell me why the Italians wear their pants so short? I'm assuming this is the style but it looks odd to me. Otherwise they look sublime. :)

  24. Carrie

    August 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Great photo.

  25. p.t.

    August 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Not keen on the trousers, but looks like a nice flannel in a lovely grey. Wearing a matching tie however is unspeakably naff.

  26. Me

    August 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Oh, all the edges of this outfit are fantastic. The short hem is what allows summer and this outfit to shake hands and play nice. This is a really perfect slim fit — the slight pull at the button, but room to walk in the pant — an incredible length on the sleeve of the jacket. The look on his face is also great — aloof, but not entirely unaware.

    And the grey sidewalk and grey dirt on the building don't hurt.

  27. FPK

    August 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I need that suit and tie posthaste! Any ideas where I can get that, any help is appreciated.

  28. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I think that wearing the pants short is not a European phenomenon . It is derived form an American style prevalent some decades ago. Perhaps the Preppy style is what embodies this look most concisely. To this day Boston is famous for the conservative look. What you see here is a European adaptation( clearly european) on an American Style.

  29. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    so clean. lovely but since its 92 here in NYC.. i cant even look at flannel, cashmere..etc

  30. Mr.G

    August 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    The combination is withe the shoes is great! Belissimo!

    Mr.G

    Bolg it! >> http://fashionmeetscologne.blogspot.com/

  31. Tony Post No Bills from Washington DC

    August 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Very good shot. Very Thom Brown vs Mad Men. This is shaping out to be the look of this season. Change in Office and a shift back to classic American style. I do like the suede shoes, but think that they would be more suited for a cuff that short. I do wish that you posted the other Cucinelli pictures from the September GQ edition in which they show the various ways to where a grey suit, single breasted blazer or double breasted blazer.

  32. Heather Taylor

    August 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I love this photo and I've been dreaming of trenches and pointelle stockings since July. Summer's a good break and all but fall is where it's at for fashion.

  33. heath

    August 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    i want that suit, with the six shooter in his right pocket too, for authenticity.

  34. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    DOPE!!

  35. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I think my favorite thing about this photo is his 'pocket hank' it's a piece of paper! You wouldn't even think to notice but it helps break the grey up a little. Subtle nuances are amazing!

  36. Gossip_Glamour

    August 21, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    The chic of this style is absolutly fabulous !
    xxx

  37. trulymadlydeeply

    August 21, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Perrrfect pant length! Crisp.

  38. Sartorial Vancouver

    August 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Cucinelli cashmere – very nice. That would be a cashmere tie and socks in the photo as well I gather.

  39. big

    August 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    perfect from head to toe.

  40. travelbug

    August 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Clean. Smart. Love the shoes with the grey.

  41. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    He works for the Cucinelli company, I had a chance to talk to him. Not surprisingly that he wears a Cucinelli cashmere suit.

  42. Florent

    August 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Good Lord this is an amaaaaazing pic!
    His style is so 60's and yet modern! Love it!

    Florent – http://lhabitfaitledandy.com

  43. Antonio Barros

    August 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    He looks great!!!!

    the singular

  44. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Nine out of ten. Ten out of ten had he looked to be on a mission to kick someone's arse clutching a cigar between his teeth whilst really thinking who makes the best espresso on his block.

    The mobile… I non like. It just screams: "Oh, hi… I've got friends. Really. I do. I have a mobile."

    Other than that – fantastic.

    -Pietro

  45. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Shame on you if you didn't take this picture!

  46. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    holy f, i need that suit and i don't even wear suits.

  47. Cobalt Violet

    August 21, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Mmmmm… flannel… makes me want to cozy up. Very handsome/smart. Great look.

  48. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    It's funny – for a second I thought it was a pic of you. I love the fabric.

  49. J Steed

    August 21, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I think the keystone is the shoes. Imagine this outfit with plain black oxfords. It would just look plain.

  50. Anonymous

    August 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I LOVE this. Every time I picture myself in a grey suit, this is what I see. Or wish I saw. Perfect.

  51. maustin

    August 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Oh my, be still my heart. And such action in the photo too – full stride and cell phone. powerful but soft.

  52. Scott W

    August 22, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Gorgeous. I love how the shoes balance out his face color.

  53. Rafe Totengco

    August 22, 2009 at 12:27 am

    now that is molto molto chic…reminds me of Cary Grant and that light shade of grey is perfect and of course cognac suede boots.

  54. Info-Maps

    August 22, 2009 at 1:04 am

    wow

    Good!

  55. V

    August 22, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Helloooooo Cary Grant! Even the length of the pants do it for me.

    - Vanessa
    http://asliceofretailheaven.wordpress.com

  56. Anonymous

    August 22, 2009 at 4:18 am

    I was writing about how it's not American, it's Milanese, which is British/Italian, but then I did see an old tin print today of an American guy whose trousers were just maybe 1.5 inches longer…anyway, doesn't matter. The fact is pretty much no one but Milanese dress like this naturally. And it's freakin' brilliant. Me and J Steed, you both nailed it.

  57. John Agee Paris

    August 22, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I don't know what's in the water over there in Italy, but they just have style in spades. More than anyone else on the whole planet. And I live in Paris! That says something.

  58. Eddie

    August 22, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Handsome cashmere suit and suede shoes. I miss wearing those.

  59. fashionblogger

    August 22, 2009 at 7:52 am

    It's a beautiful suit. I'm so happy that cashmere is back!

  60. Jamaal T. Crowder

    August 22, 2009 at 8:06 am

    The desert boot is my favorite shoe hands down. Works very well here. The grey cashmere is amazing especially in the summer. Great photo!

  61. Raul Villalobos

    August 22, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Love the grey look,. Very Mad Men, Not sure about the tie, maybe some color would have been better (in my humble opinion). Pants, as pointed out before, too short (again my opinion, what is it they say about opinions. Love the foto though, grey all over.

    By the way. Fantabulous BOOK, Absolutely exceeded what I was expecting.

  62. Anonymous

    August 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Love it, BUT the pants are a wee bit too short!!!

  63. Anonymous

    August 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Is the pant leg really cut short like Tom Browne or is it just a cuff? Great contrast with the shoes.

  64. Anonymous

    August 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    This doesn't work at all. The shoes are all wrong for the suit and the pants are too short.

  65. CHICMUSE

    August 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I KNOW. PERFECT LOOK . WONDERING OF FALL TOO…

    XX

    CHICMUSE
    http://thechicmuse.blogspot.com

  66. Le 21ème

    August 23, 2009 at 1:16 am

    The suit is amazing…but the boots are even more so.

    - le 21ème

  67. FVAD

    August 23, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Sinfully brilliant

    I <3 , I envy

  68. Anonymous

    August 23, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Anon 8:04 PM – curiously, the gentleman has a striking resemblance to Mr Schuman's father.

    -Pietro

  69. Anonymous

    August 23, 2009 at 5:55 am

    That's right. The high-water pants look is nothing new. Watch any episode of Get Smart and you'll see the real trend-setting sartorial renegades.

    -Pietro

  70. Anonymous

    August 23, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Great outfit but it is ruined by the shoes – they are just distracting

  71. pixie

    August 23, 2009 at 7:29 am

    A bit too gray for me to be honest… I'd have liked to see a pop of color somewhere.

    On the short pants… in my view these are a bit too short. But the short pants look to me makes his legs seem shorter, more stubby and who wants that. It changes the flow of the silhouette, it just shortens him in my view.

    susan

  72. Dylan

    August 23, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Amazing look, but I think the tie would look a lot better if it was shorter, a bit above the waist line of his trousers. It looks sort of goofy hanging out of his jacket like that.

  73. S Keng

    August 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Nicely cut suit, gorgeous fabric, but the shirt collar looks strangely messy (for an Italian); and the hem is too contrived

  74. Mat

    August 23, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    prefect outfit, everything from the hair, hands in pocket, turn ups and shoes. i just hope i look as good as him in years to come

  75. Ana

    August 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    The length of his pants is perfect and tapering and cuff just right as well.

  76. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    NICE!!!
    Susan,Designer&Writer,Toronto
    ARTISTIC
    MILLINERY

  77. RedPoppy

    August 23, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Well this suit is impeccable looking! the greys are beauty to my eyes. Love the suede shoes. Love his tie….Fabulous!

    xoxo http://www.redpoppyfashion.blogspot.com

  78. Anonymous

    August 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I dislike that patronizing remark, " I hope I look as good as him in years to come." Bet you don't look as good as him right now.

    Perfect. Will save it out for my husband.

  79. holly

    August 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    It is sooo GQ :)

  80. ronan the librarian

    August 23, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    …I have printed off the photo to take to my tailor in HK immediately!

  81. Anonymous

    August 24, 2009 at 12:28 am

    If the tie didn't seem to be cut from the same fabric as the suit, it would be decent.

  82. Anonymous

    August 24, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Devastating!Love it head to toe.

  83. Sigrid

    August 24, 2009 at 7:50 am

    At first I thought it was a vest underneath the jacket, but now I think that the shirt has a white bib and collar and a contrasting lower portion…now that's COOL!!!

  84. londondog

    August 24, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Very Don Draperesque shot and look – lovely.

  85. Velvet

    August 24, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Well personnaly..this is exactly what I'm looking for this fall…mostly after seeing again Breakfast at Tiffany's!

    it's the perfect style to come (back!)

  86. wow gold test

    August 24, 2009 at 8:35 am

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    August 24, 2009 at 8:36 am

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  88. eHaberdasher.com

    August 24, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Big fan of Cucinelli as we have some choice pieces in our shop… I think this suit is anything but "crisp" which others have mentioned – Cucinelli is all about a soft and casual elegance… light grey appears to be Cucinelli's default "color" for all his collections!

    _____________________
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  89. Anonymous

    August 24, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Javi C.:
    How do they do it?
    Without fail, no matter the miserable weather outside, September fashion magazines make me start dreaming of flannels and cashmere.

    I guess I am partly to blame. I took this photo of a Cucinelli suit in Milan recently, for the September issue of GQ, and have been thinking about it ever since. Shame on me.

  90. Anonymous

    August 24, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Ah, yes…those September glossies! I should start looking for my annual haul of them today!

    Autumn is really my favorite, and perhaps best, season for style. Aren't we lucky, clever, charming human creatures? Our adaptations to the cold can be so pretty!

  91. Anonymous

    August 24, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Javi C.
    It(He,She) fascinates the color of the suit, the length of the trousers and the contrast that it(he,she) does with the booties.
    There is obvious the difference between the photos taken in Italy and in USA.
    Mr. Schuman!! It(he,she) continues doing this type of photos.
    Where there is the " SILVER FOX "?

  92. An (ex) alien in new york

    August 24, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Light grey and brown are autumnal for me. I love the crispness of his shirt and the matching tie, although it is hanging somewhat strangely.

  93. Ed

    August 24, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Finally! I am in the vanguard. I just bought a suit very much like this for fall. I now expect to be photographed for this site. I will be in Florence in a couple of weeks, you will know me because I will be trying to be in every photograph I can get into.

  94. Capucine

    August 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    But Italians do it better, don't thay?

  95. Angeles Almuna Design

    August 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    It's so perfect!!!! I'm glad that I love Grey in any outfit :)

  96. thieyacine

    August 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    can you please post the other pics from GQ September Sart????

  97. FriendInFashion

    August 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Fabulous!

  98. Tim McFarlane

    August 25, 2009 at 12:46 am

    This is a great suit. I love the color and it's fitted well on him. The shoes look great with the color of the suit, also. I'm not quite sold on the shortened pants, but otherwise, this rocks!

  99. downunderboy

    August 25, 2009 at 2:04 am

    LOVE – LOVE – LOVE the suit!!!
    D_I_V_I_N_E. the colour mix with the tan suede boot is gorgeous!

  100. Un posto speciale

    August 25, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Perhaps I'd rather prefer a bit longer trousers but it's simply perfect!

  101. Anonymous

    August 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Love the fit of the suit.
    Love the limited color palette and how the tie matches the suit and no fou-fou pocket square to gum it up.
    If the trousers weren't that length he couldn't wear/show off those great shoes.
    Well done, mister.

  102. Anonymous

    August 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    you all know why the turn-ups are two inches, right?! it's because they want to keep their suit for the long term. stay with me on this one…

    the moment the look goes out of style these guys are going to let the turn-ups down as though nothing ever happened.

    -Pietro

  103. Daedalus

    August 25, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    This somehow screams Cucinelli. I like the length of the pants, ideal for suede chukka boots, but too short for toe-cap oxfords. That makes it problematic for everyday use…

  104. Anonymous

    August 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Scott,
    of course you've been thinking about it ever since. this guy looks like your Italian cousin! (at least the photos of yourself which were posted here)crew cut, pocket square in that neat little rectangle, don't know what else, but was scrolling down quickly to start from the earliest photo of the ones I missed, & I did a double take to see if you finally posted another photo of yourself.

  105. Anonymous

    August 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Anyone know who makes the shoes?

  106. Zevaa

    August 26, 2009 at 3:45 am

    He looks cool. Love this shade of grey.

    _________________

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  107. Katya

    August 26, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Man looks very good! Chic.

  108. Anonymous

    August 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Wow, Cary Grant!

  109. Mr. Rover

    August 27, 2009 at 7:47 am

    that's the exact shade of grey flannel I'm looking for when I go to Shanghai next week–I'm thinking of a 4 button double breasted with patch pockets.

  110. Lior

    August 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Great suit, it looks like an extension of both his body and the surroundings. Are you sure its not an ad for Nokia?

  111. lefthand gilliam henderson

    August 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    the buttons on the suit are awesome, especially with what he has on his feet. and the tie going with the suit is a nice 3-piece without the vest. ;]

  112. alvin lampkins

    August 29, 2009 at 1:06 am

    this made me want the magazine and guess what? I have my own version of this look and now SF Ca is having our Indian summer!

  113. meghan

    August 29, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    this is incredibly chic

  114. JustNorman

    August 31, 2009 at 10:53 am

    this suit is fantastic. the outfit is just so well put together. dig the chukka boots

    http://www.justnorman.blogspot.com/
    the blog that no one knows about

  115. Teresa @ good-grace

    August 31, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Hot damn! He looks fabulous … very old school gentleman – but not in an "old" way. I love it.

  116. Anonymous

    August 31, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Dude,
    You have no idea. The best look for me is flannel/tweed/herringbone etc. The more thick & textured grey, the better.
    Alas, I live in Austin, TX. The best I can get away with is a wool tie and a "4 season wool" suit.

  117. Anonymous

    September 10, 2009 at 3:03 am

    The suit is perfect!

    Love how the texture and color of the shoes balance the suit and somewhat compensate for the shortened pants (similar color value and soft texture).

    A short boot would have been cool here as well.

  118. jimjam

    September 22, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Well this short legged chap just got a little more excited at the prospect of short legged trousers…..

    Bravo I say – looks terrif, and there's hope for me yet

    (and a dream to build an Autumn on)

  119. Randall

    September 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Love this!

  120. Agyesh

    October 12, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Found it!

    I thought I had seen this suit before and alas on the same man himself.

    Tell me this is him: http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/4686/1648/1600/645949/BCmovie.jpg

    Your Italian Movie Star! :-P

    All the way from January 2007.

    Only shows how versatile a Flannel Suit can be. From the start of the winter to the middle to the end. A great addition to one's wardrobe.

    Cheers,
    Agyesh

    PS: This image inspired a couple of instant additions to the Fall Must Buy List.

  121. Dave Gibson

    September 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I was searching Google for grey suits as i want one for my adoption meeting and came across this page.

    It is a wonderful suit but at ÂŁ2,600 it is a bit out of my reach lol!

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