Personally, I always wanted and want to look like a guy. However, in some people such as this young man, it can really go both ways, and I have always admired people whose unusual sense of style sets them apart in a trendsetting way. Not crazy about the jumper, but it is what is out there, so go for it! My only wonder is if the shoes on the bottom pic he bought new or just found around there… Jorge from W Palm Beach
the first outfit is a little too 80′s but looking great nonetheless (i’d kill for those glasses).
in the second one he’s wearing woman clothes and shoes! i mean, to everyone his sexual tastes, but i don’t think a man in high heels would qualify as “well dressed”. the upper part is actually working with the guy character, but as a jumpsuit… well… naaaah ;)
Loving the artistic pallete of the first picture. It’s so like futuristic cool w/those solar shades and the bold graphics of his t-shirt and scarf and he carries it off well with the glossy patent leather satch-bag and glossy black oxfords. I want to meet this guy! :) He’s got impeccable taste!
In the second picture, that guy looks FAB-U-LOUS! He’s being coherent with the fall trends out there this season, one of them being about architectural shapes and bold statements. Like who would have ever thunk of executing a look like this that comes straight from the runway??? I love the choices of color there refined without being somber. Did i mention the shades?! The shades are totally futuristic. those platform heels really make a bold statement. this guy is not afraid to try anything!
It seriously takes a brave soul to dress so differently. The first image has so much color and texture with that visor. If he didn’t look so good in it, I would say it looked ridiculous. And the second; a man wearing heels and a modern mechanic’s onesie doesn’t go unnoticed. His style is unique and impeccable, but few people could get away with it. I think the hair and solid face have everything to do with it.
Definitely not my taste, but I have to give props to the(se) guy(s) for putting it out there like that, and “damn the torpedoes”.
Reminiscent of Grace Jones, and could probably be featured in a remake or sequeal to “Paris is Burning” (Shon-tay! Sashay!). (Anybody ever been to the Paradise Garage, “back in the day”?)
Hopefully not sounding patronizing or condescending, but this guy is very entertaining. Now, when the summer rolls around, maybe I won’t be so shy about wearing my pink seersucker pants.
On a photographic level, in the top picture, I like the juxtapositon of the WILD outfit against the orderly grid of the building in the background. In the second picture, it’s like you’re walking down an idyllic country path, and then BLAMM-O!, you have this being from the planet Vogue.
The top photo is pure costume- individual?- somewhat. Useful to discuss?- I don’t think so. The bottom photo is much more interesting and provocative.I give him full points for pushing the look so far and looking so confident and comfortable doing it. Beyond that my responses to the details become purely subjective. I DON’T like the shoes not because I can’t accept heels on a man but because men’s shoes are one of the items I love most so I can think of many styles I’d rather see here (Antonio Picardi’s are starting to look like they’d go with anything). He likes the heels so fine. I actually dislike the elasticized bits more than the heels and like everything from the waist up, including the fabric and construction of the jumpsuit and his layering but overall I like his entire approach.
Each look is very much in context with his environment – NY look is typical of the urban metropolis (the 80's are totally coming back on the streets); Paris too, with it's couture & flamboyant grace (as adventurous as he is in his choice of wearing heels, I am not sure it works…yet. Perhaps too much tapering of the pants on the ankles. If it was loose, straight leg cut, it would work. And a chunkier heel would do better.)
I commend anyone with enough guts to try new things.
I have to admit, I’m even sort of liking the top look. Very fun take on 80s. HOWEVER, as much as I try to open my mind, my first reaction to the bottom look was a gasp, a glare and muttering “no, no, no.”
So, while I love the spirit and confidence it takes to dress outside of the box, I have to say that the jumper and heels combo is a miss in my book.
well i already lived through the 80s once so i can’t see myself repeating that decade…but they sure are visually interesting. i keep thinking of lavar burton as data looking st the first photo; and kool moe dee looking at the second (just the glasses obviously) they’re both beautifully staged photos whatever i may think of the clothing styles. these are looks i’d only recommend for someone younger than myself.
I think what makes The Sartorialist so great is it exemplifies that anyone at any age can be well turned out. The people in the images are not too “done”, they appear to mix the high with the low and they all exude a personality. Pretty much every image presents a person that I would love to meet, because you would know there wouldn’t be a dull moment to be had. As everyone already well knows, The Sartorialist has a great eye and the images are always a pleasure.
I think it’s about time men can wear heels again (and not have a hate crime committed over them). Louis XIV started the look… I don’t understand how it became unacceptable for men to keep doing it. Anyway, I hope it will soon (someday) become the new trend for men.
Had I seen this photo here, I would have thought, “wow, great personal style, great photography” and I would probably have been inspired by this young man and his sense of style and vision.
BUT, I was there, at the jardin de Tuilleries when he arrived at the Dior show and I couldn’t help but think that he was trying too hard to attract all the attention. It was such a turn off for me. It wasn’t just him. It was the same way for some people that had amazing clothes on. They struggled to walk on their higher than high heels and ended up looking… silly. For the first time I saw fashion in that exaggerated (Zoolander comes to mind) way that it is sometimes portrayed.
I was even more shocked when I saw that Scott had chosen to photograph this young man and wondered if it would ever make it into the blog. Did he not see what I saw? I wondered…
I struggle with that myself. Sometimes I want to wear a leopard print coat for myself and I don’t want people to think that I want the attention that comes with it.
I love fashion more than anything and I never want to give this passion away, but for two days after that day at Jardin de Tuilleries, I could not think of fashion the same way. Maybe we are all very narcissistic after all!
as for the first pic : love the complete look but without the shirt…but I do agree – in print, it just looks fab with al these bright colours… The bag looks absolutely beautiful, love the lackered black leather but the glasses make me think of the Terminator – Robocop movies…so 50% hell yeah ! for this outfit
Finally! Pictures that make the blog exciting again! I really got an impression that it was getting neglected. If I’m correct, the second guy is from Amsterdam, he always dresses that way, also shows how people there like to experiment. Love the fact that he has the guts to step out of the box and combine women’s garments with men’s.
In the first photo, this gentleman looks as though he could be an extra from some bad 1980′s sci-fi movie. Whatever designer is responisble for those glasses ought to issue a “Total Recall” on that product. I mean, if I saw this look catching on in NY, I’d have no choice but to “Escape From New York.”
The second one is a bit more bearable, but I question his choice of footwear…
I love the first outfit. I would never wear it, but I love it.
The second outfit…I would love to be able to say 10 points for trying. I would love to. But GUH. It’s not the gender issue whatsoever, nor the heels. That jumpsuit, though…that jumpsuit. Horrific on a man or a woman.
I bet there’s going to be lots of hating on these two pictures, but I always salute people who dress like this for making the world a more interesting place. It’s also good to see the Margiela L’incognito runway sunglasses in a ‘real’ setting..
Brian – you killed me with that comment. Data and Jordi’s love child. So astute of you. I’m cracking up.
Hmmm, he would have fit right in at the Catch One back in the day. It was THE black gay club (gay men and lesbians- something you hardly see anywhere although Oakland had a good one for a minute) in L.A. to hang at. The best club of all time IMO until Madonna discovered it and it all went down hill from there….aaah. But I bore you with reminiscing and give away my age to boot. Anyway, a lot of boys rocked this look back then, back there (without the purse or heels, however). Now it’s retro and I slap him five for his boldness. I must say at top I thought it was a girl until I saw the shadow of a beard.
I love the New York picture, BUT I can’t stand the second one. I can’t tell if he likes fashion or costumes. It doesn’t work at all, not for him or anybody else. It’s just wrong, and at last we can forget that he’s a guy trying to pull it off.
I always feel the pigeon-toed stance is apologetic. It’s like saying “Yeah, I’m fierce, but also sort of a puppy.” Female models do it when they’re trying to look coy, or non-threatening, or child-like.
Well, everyone is entitled to their very own interpretation of fashion and how they want to express themselves, but for me the high heel was made for women, but not all women. But for the woman who can where them well, walk in them well, stand in the well and above all the high heel defines the line of the female leg. So, this look does not work for me.
Hahaha…these pix crack me up. I admire those who get dressed in the morning with a sense of humour. Personally if I have a whimsical day I can’t bear the criticism. Want to cast these fashion amazons (famazon?) in a music video…oh yes. Extras in that one with the Japanese girls and the cats. Am I ramblings?
stunning performance throughout the entire week in paris. he looked great at chanel also, too bad mr. schumann didn’t snap the outfit. i admire his unapologetic, care-free and self-absorbed attitude, he simply oozes confidence and owns his looks. everyone should take a book from this mans page, he represents fashion and what it means in the best way possible.
gawd, folks can be unimaginative and judgemental. those heels are so perfectly natural on the person with the rest of the outfit. its the silhouette that matters. get over yourselves. not everything needs to be straitjacketed and pigeonholed. it does not have to be gay or 80s or young or male. learn to admit that some things are beyond your imagination and you can’t just conveniently try to fit everything into your worldview.
The second photo is classic even though I’m not a big fan of the bottom of his pants being tucked into the heels. But the juxtoposition of the moustache with the heels is fantastic. The moustache removes the androgyny and says “I am a MAN. In heels.” Love it!!
Not sure if I can dig either scene. Photography, of course, is the MOST considering the source (Super, Sart!), but the style is questionable. Brave–definitely! Innovative–maybe! I woulde love to know what either of these gents do for a living, if they went to work dressed like this. Creative minds nonetheless. I applaud their aplomb–I think alot of us wished we were this courageous.
This is so beautiful. I often troll this blog for images of gender-bending style, and this is a perfect manifestation. I wish we lived in a world where we didn’t always know immediately who are men and who are women based on style. Here’s to the androgynous future!
There is a fine line between androgyny and cross-dressing. I like the first one, but the second one? There are plenty of nice shoes out there for men. A statement shouldn’t be made for the sole purpose of making a statement. The second outfit doesn’t tell me anything.
I have little to say about the top picture as I think he kind of resembles a whole load of other 80′s inspired kids. However the bottom one… Slightly lost for words again but for different reasons. I love the photograph but boots are just a step too far. The jumpsuit I actually love, it would look fantastic on a woman and good in a weird kind of way on a man but only in an edgy ad campaign (think marc jacobs irony). But even on the runway or a far fetched ad the shoes just wouldn’t do it for me in any way, shape or form.
I think the second outfit is a little too over the top for my own aesthetic taste, but i do like how it challenges the status quo of fashion. The first outfit is fresh, I saw glasses like those at Blackbird in Seattle a while ago and could not imagine them looking anything less than ridiculous in real life. This kid pulls it off in my books.
1 is deliciously androgynous, and those jeans and shoes take the 80′s futura elements of it into the present. 2 is a nice concept, but just really unflattering; it elongates his torso and shortens his legs.
i always thought it was impossible to wear margiela without looking costumey. there, his black sunglasses look almost reasonable.
Anonymous at 11:37: “Well, everyone is entitled to their very own interpretation of fashion and how they want to express themselves, but for me the high heel was made for women, but not all women. But for the woman who can where them well, walk in them well, stand in the well and above all the high heel defines the line of the female leg. So, this look does not work for me.”
No woman is born with a heel that magically arches into the air like a Barbie doll. We only say the effect of the heel accentuates femininity because we have defined femininity to encompass those features that the heel accentuates. It’s pure tautology. Bring on the masochistic footwear for men, I say. Bring it on.
Looks like a guy in L.A. I used to shoot tests with. His hair-style was a cresting surf-wave shape (instead of that notch). The jump-suit would go well with some edgy Italian boots designed for alpinists. I’d like to see slightly more “vintagy”volume in the legs, too. He’s done a pretty good jobâ€” bravo.
The first look is utterly fantastic, but I wonder if the sunglasses and bag make it so. Wouldn’t this just be another Urban Outfitters/vintage blend without them? I was stunned at first, but I have to admit, it’s waning.
As far as the second look goes, it seems hard to believe that the ostentatious 80′s man from above is the same person. I still don’t know what to think of it.
You’ve done your job again Sart- the breadth and range of comments shows that. One day it’s something gorgeous and chic that everyone can agree upon and the next it’s disorienting controversy- brilliant! That’s why this site is so fascinating. Love it as always!
A film based on a future decade with people who looked like this, you know, a collab between the fashion minded and a film maker..would be just great. The storyline would be something entirely different, but the visuals would make the film stand out.
These men are amazing! I love the sunglasses–very Blade Runner–I particularly LOVE the man in the second photo–he is fierce and the shoes… oh my… so lovely, so right! This is what fashion is all about.
Not only do i love how inspirational this whole ensemble is, but sweet god, what a stunning photograph! These are the kind of heels i can see working for men — those enlightened enough to brave them of course. And the swathes of collar with the stark cyborg eyewear provide a feast of contrasts. The waist is tricky, but all jumpers tend to suffer from this affliction. Nice touch with the watch too.
look, there are kids like this in every city. you people must not get out much. this boy is dutch, he and his buddy call themselves something like jaunito lagerfield or mucia hernandez. while he looks amazing, it was nothing we haven’t seen in paris is burning. maybe salt lake city utah is just ahead of the game, but i doubt it, i think the big names have just been ignoring queer cluture (in it’s classic sense) since about ’92
I applaud these gentlemen for their bravery and very nom-conformist apporach to dressing. But I respectfully believe that they cannot be considered well-dressed (well, at least not in this decade). The looks are too put-together, and lack the elegant nonchalance that give any outfit- no matter how ridiculous or uncomfortable- look classy. The pics stick out like a sore thumb from he other ones in the blog. If the Sartorialist has come to represent any “style” or “aesthetic,” I doubt it would be this. Still, a pleasant diversion.
Every man who encourages women to wear high heels should put his money where his mouth is and wear them himself. they’re nothing more than torture devices, designed to slow women down and keep us immobile. so here’s a man, wearing the same, illogically-designed footwear that women all over the world are finding trendy right now- and everyone’s shocked? come on people, what year is this? think about it- really think about it. do high heels make sense?
First picture: Genius, both subject and photographer. Second picture: Jumpsuit so very unflattering, especially tucked into the shoes like that, the fabric looks thick and tough. And while I admire and applaud the boldness of the statement, I cannot help but wonder how anyone would think this is not awful looking!
I ADORE THE BALLS IT TAKES FOR A MAN TO PUT ON HEELS AND HIS AUNT’S JUMPSUIT FROM THE EIGHTIES- HOW DO YA LIKE ME NOW? IT ASKS. I THINK ITS COURAGEOUS THAT HE’S MOVING MALE FASHION INTO REALMS OF UNCOMFORTABILITY- FOR INSTANCE- CAN A MAN BE ‘SEXY’ TO WOMEN IN HEELS? (MEN OTHER THAN DAVID BOWIE, OF COURSE)
Reminds me of a guy here in St. Louis who wears women's high heels everywhere because he says they're more comfortable than men's shoes. Only he wears his with shorts, a beret and his white hair & beard. Slightly more understated than this guy. (Plus he has fabulous legs.)
The second is a beautifully composed shot, very classic – but of course the subject is not who we’d expect to see in this wonderfully nostalgic backdrop. It’s genius to shoot him here, as though somehow the world we know has fast-forwarded and is now inhabited by other sorts of beings.Great conceptual contrast!
his sense of originality and adventure is unquestionable. if this were a photoshoot, a late-night after party in some weird warehouse or a movie then i would give full kudos. however, in daily life i tend to think that this level of effort put into constructing an image and personality is too much. it almost makes me suspicious that the real personality is hiding out behind this overwhelming facade that is meant to evoke a very specific image of what this person wants you to see.
I kinda don’t know what to say but uh… the shades are nice… and the heels are… uhh… nice for a girl. The collar for the jumpsuit is really nice with the structure but uh… I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a cotton jumpsuit. Overall certain individual pieces are really nice I just don’t know if I would’ve put them together with this outfit or on this particular person.