Oh Boy …Oh Boy …OOH Boy….not sure about this….quite dramatic that’s for sure….maybe someone who is in performing arts of some kind…theater perhaps……… Definitely another validation of NYC …all walks of life ….I should say it’s important to go full circle and you seem to maintain that with your camera eye.
very interesting silhouette. a Take on a vintage item/garment is always exciting to see on street fashion by someone who can wear it in confident way. if im correct its a 1930s cloak/cape garment, a semi tailored cloak but with a mandarin collar.
Many, many thanks from this New Yorker for providing the only readable/viewable replacement for the Times Sunday Styles section. I’ve decided that the “baby and me” crap that has shown up on their pages for the past two years has ruined my Sunday morning fashion fix for the last time! Thanks to you, I now get a better version of on the street fashion and critical shopper (Space Mercer is great!) on a daily basis. XOXOXOXO
I know winter is all about dark, gothic-inspired looks for men, but this cape is something else! It takes some serious guts to pull off the insane proportions of this look. Overall it’s too gimicky, but I like the (presumably) cheap mondays with combat boots..
BATMAN!!!!!!!,but what a very handsome man,so angelic,and no one could have worn the short cape as well as he does,but wouldn’t it look great with a pair of great trousers and a wonderful and very colourful scarf?
I can’t see why people are so opposed to this look – I think he looks great! It’s a cute look, and he’s kept everything else pared back so the cape doesn’t look clownish or costumey at all… the heavy boots and denim stop it looking too angelic or prim… personally, I love it!
everybody except me & a couple other europeans (sarah & alice) hate this pic which is just great. I love ur blog sart, find it very interesting and u seem pretty open minded it’s good that u show new yorkers and americans other stuff since you show women who aren’t dressed up in a “normal way” why not men?!?
I’m with you Scott, I think that you’ve just about run out of Ralph and BG guys to shoot and it’s refreshing to see this guy, who still embodies that LES ungentrifed edge, whatever is left of it. I would have been dissapointed if you shot someone who wasn’t LES neighborhood specific.
CAPE! I too have been looking for the perfect cape for a man; they’re either too French police captain or too Sherlock Holmes. I got started thinking about them when a writer friend, Alice Seybold, told me that her father wears a cape which signifies his membership in a Spanish academic society. I’ve been musing ever since on finding the perfect cape, if nothing else to make her laugh, but I’ve really grown to like the idea. With the right mix of clothes and neckwear, anyone with thick skin could really make it work.
oh, for crying out loud…all the americans hate the cape (and are therefore closed-minded, natch) and all of the non-americans like it (and are therefore, i dunno, enlightened)? besides being utterly wrong, that has to be the very epitome of narrow-minded thinking.
all of you think you are such fashion officianados but you all conform to the exact same standard (a sort of marc jacobs bobo combination) anytime anyone deviates from that look you shoot them down! WHERE IS YOUR CREATIVITY?? so this man tried something new?! He is wearing what he likes and that is true fashion. Have you seen how many designers dress??
i don’t get all of the negative comments! he looks like he’s super cozy and warm. i’m jealous. and while it’s an unusual look, no doubt (which makes it absolutely refreshing), everything is so streamlined and clean that it doesn’t look at all gimmicky. and i love that sart caught him at a point when his hands at at his hips and therefore exaggerating the cape shape for our benefit. all in all, i absolutely LOVE it!
It looks like robin. Maybe if he was older with a nice hat and a grey suit it would look more intellectual and sophisticated than Peter Pannish. Otherwise it just looks like he has outgrown his clothes.
It’s a bit last fall … last fall dior homme showed many capes – i bought the long dior homme coat like one from saks & a short leather one from browns in london …. they look more like a coat / jacket whereas this is ‘A cape’ … he looks good nonetheless, just a bit a/w 05 …
As an Italian living in Asia, can I say from a distance how amusing it is that such a simple thing as a cape [long live Spain!] and a tote bag on a man’s shoulder can create such division between all of you fashion police!! The cape is and always will be the pivotal winter piece in Spain. Yes on MEN too. Open your minds. Its rather fun………Personally I wouldn’t have teamed it with super skinny pants, he does look a little ‘forest’ bound…but it’s cute none the less! Bravo mon ami.
Although I find this look creative and interesting, I am not a fan of the cape. Maybe longer? Maybe without the arms bent? Perhaps just not paired with the chosen outfit? Maybe just not a cape.
Like many Americans, I am not closed minded, utterly wrong or narrow minded. I am free to make my own choices and express my own opinions.
Being enlightened is about MUCH more than considering yourself to be fashion forward. It is not about “I like this” or “I don’t like that”, and is definitely above the cultural and political stereotypes you conveyed in your comment.
My problem is not with the cape, actually; I think it’s rather chic and I would so wear it if I could find a nice one that doesn’t look too costumey. My problem is with the skinny-jeans and the combat boots. Grey is a great colour to gounderneat the cape, but it’d look much better if it were a slack, straight leg jean or pant with lowtop chucks or some slip ons. As it is, it is very HIPSTER DOOFUS, or, as someone else said rather nicely H&M DRAG
to those who misunderstood my meaning, i was responding to the remark made by mn**. i believe that if you go over that post and then my comment you will find that it mirrors your own and not the other way around.
When women dress in men’s clothes, its androgynous, but when men dress in women’s clothes it’s considered cross dressing? I don’t understand… Anyway I think this guy looks great. I’m so jealous that almost all guys can pull off skinny jeans, but not all girls can.
this cape (and other might i add) is/were designed for…*catch your gasp* A MAN.
so get over it.
not every man, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK..is going to walk around in a suit.
to be quite honest, americans should be thankful, and acknowledge his courage for wearing such a look…
most londoners i know would praise this. the cape does him sooo much justice.
and i bet. (Sart, correct me if im wrong) that he was asked to raise his cape in a “BATMAN/ELF” form, for this photograph.
surely he doesnt skip around town waving this cape like a fictional cartoon.
YOU would be the cartoon to actually think that.
and for women who are “turned off” by this look, dont feel so bad. because if that is your attitude towards avant garde fashion/forward thinking youngsters. than chances are this boy feels the same towards you.
but the best part is I wonder how many of you who truely dislike this cape, could pull it off as well as he has?…
its quick to say something is awful…not so easy to try it, and succeed. like he has.
And for those of you calling this “last season” do you honeslty think hedi slimane invented the cape? oh please…do some research OUTSIDE your vogue homme magazines.
and to those who say he’s a bit young to wear this. I wonder what you say about all these women in “grandpa” sweaters? hmmm?
i also love how girls bash skinny denim on boys. only because they dont look quite as wonderful on them.
(…but you dont hear us telling you not to wear them) ^_^
and for the “i hope he knows how to run fast” comment
that seriously made my stomach turn. how ignorant could you be? truely amazing…to even verbally invite the idea of one doing harm to another based on their clothing.
Although I don’t dig the cape look this guy is rockin, I do appreciate the style he has. So many men are kept down from showing any style in this society taht they revert back to dockers and (the most awful) turned-up preppy collar–remember the whole ‘metrosexual’ backlash?
So support men who take risks. They may not get it right all the time, but at least they’re giving you something interesting to look at.
And yeah, there is a double standard for girls and guys.
To Alexander at 8.14pm – Bravissimo! A very lucid set of comments indeed. I couldn’t agree more. Just proves how aesthetics can get people so worked up, with just this clever cape look on this boy. He looks great, and special, in his very own way. Why make fun of that?
i totally agree with alexander. and i can’t believe the blatant sexism being exhibited by many of the women posting here, being a woman myself! women had to fight to be able to wear trousers – and back when almost nobody was doing it, many others thought it was ridiculous/silly/impractical/etc, similar to many of the comments here. why is it still ok, in this day and age, to criticize guys for looking effeminate?
those of you who have a strong “no” reaction to this picture need to take a moment to step back and understand why you are reacting that way – if it’s truly because this guy has no style (as that is what this blog is about, from my understanding) OR if it’s because simply given our culture you are not used to seeing a guy in a cape, or a guy wearing pants that you have only seen women wear, and therefore it registers as different and wrong.
Regarding the comments: - I know this guy as an acquiantance and he has more than enough confidence to pull this off. All the cape-haters are lucky to see this on the internet and not on the streets because it’s safe for them to dislike and badmouth it here. There’s no room for hating it in real life when the wearer couldn’t care less. Disliking this look essentially shows bad taste. - H&M do not create trends or ideas, they take them from the streets where looks like this happen by guys like this, and they lift them from larger designers, who are also largely looking at the streets.
This is the living breathing reason why outfits/fashion/dressing up is inspiring and cool. We need less cookie-cutters and more of this.
Some spirited comments I just read. From this fashion-senior’s view; this look is swell. Boys like this move to NYC because it’s almost the only American city you can do this is; not even SF. Much of our fashion sense trickles down from our environment. The US has been all about mass production, mass merchandising, mall shopping and the like. Now we are beginning to either re-think this or just travel more. More capes in 2008 !