Sunday, November 5, 2006

On The Street…..Lower East Side, Manhattan

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  1. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 10:56 am

    honestly, what the heck is that. he looks like clown.

  2. _nm**

    November 5, 2006 at 11:03 am

    capes are doing a wonderful comeback this fall; both for girls & boys…

    love it

  3. JB

    November 5, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Cool jeans and boots, but the jacket.. looks like he´s an extra in a movie about knights. I am sure it´s very trendy but really hard to do right.

  4. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 11:16 am

    He looks like something out of a 1910s movie serial like Feuillade’s “The Vampires.”

    Sorta cute.

  5. Sarah

    November 5, 2006 at 11:29 am

    Could easily be a Paris pic on Facehunter.

  6. Mounir

    November 5, 2006 at 11:30 am

    That’s definately what Sart would call “nothing that I would wear, but…” I hope at least ;)

  7. Just an Observation

    November 5, 2006 at 11:31 am

    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.

    Thanks Sar!

  8. Fashion Rebel

    November 5, 2006 at 11:45 am

    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.

  9. Leigh

    November 5, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    I am sorry, but there is nothing sartorial about this one. He looks like he missed the Halloween parade.

  10. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    Dear Sart –

    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

  11. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    solomon! he looks so grown up with the scruff on his face…

  12. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    That’s rediculous.

  13. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    i have been looking for a coat lilke that my whole life.

  14. Olivia

    November 5, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    haha right in front of Mary Help. I’ve gotta say at first I was kind of hesitant but this look is different for a guy…in a good way.

  15. Steven

    November 5, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    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..

  16. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    it’s Batman!

  17. JS

    November 5, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    You can’t seriously think that guy gets away with wearing that cape? No! I really hope you’re kidding.

  18. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    The elves are out early this year.

  19. marie

    November 5, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    Is that a guy?

  20. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    Although his face is cute with just the hint of a smirk, the rest of the ensemble makes me think ‘fly, fly away into the night, bat boy’

  21. kyky beo'

    November 5, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    Is this the new trend? Wearing women’s cape?

  22. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    It’s a lot of look, and I love it.

  23. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    hello, Transylvania called. They would like their Muse back.

    Beyond that, I’ll never be one comfortable at the sight of men in extremely tight jeans.

  24. Deanna

    November 5, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    I don’t get it sometimes, sartorialist! i just think this guy looks ridiculous. Sometimes being adventurous with clothes isn’t in and of itself attractive!

  25. bensmith

    November 5, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    WOW! how dramatic yet so cool and urbane – i love it, i think i need to get me some cape action

  26. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    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?

  27. The Sartorialist

    November 5, 2006 at 4:21 pm

    Come on!

    I have done so much Sartorial suiting lately that something like this is just a nice contrast and it is a great part of New York style.

  28. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    It’s unique, it looks quite Balenciaga… buy boy does he look stupid!

    I suppose we can admire the bravery involved!

  29. Catherine

    November 5, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    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!

  30. Kathleen

    November 5, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I am stunned that no one’s quoted “Seinfeld” yet:

    “Why a cape? Where do you even BUY a cape?”

    To skew “Sixteen Candles” to my own purposes: “A man in a cape is just so…vogue.” If nothing else, you got to hand it to him for his sense of flair.

  31. _nm**

    November 5, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    it’s really incredible to read all the reactions…

    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?!?

    anyway, keep it up!!

  32. Max

    November 5, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    It looks like he’s got his hands on his hips. It’s probably a lot less dramatic if his arms are down at his sides.

    I like it.

  33. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    I can’t help but smile at that. He makes me happy.

  34. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    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.

  35. Olivia

    November 5, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    to the whole LES comment, im honestly surprised that this guy is from LES. I really dont thikn they take risks when it comes to style but i guess he’s the exception.

  36. Carissa

    November 5, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    He looks like a classical actor, I love the drama of the cape.

  37. vintagent

    November 5, 2006 at 9:16 pm

    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.

  38. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    I hope he can run fast…

  39. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome. Love the jeans too.

  40. Anonymous

    November 5, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    While I’m sure he’s got the last laugh (he’s warm, y’all), he looks like Sherlock Holmes’ intern.

    Practical but not all that pretty.

    mltt

  41. Jen

    November 5, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    I spent like five minutes staring at this photo saying “that REALLY looks like a guy, but why is he wearing all those trendy women’s clothes…yeah, it’s definitely a guy”

    sorry. he looks like he is in H&M drag.

  42. Maria

    November 5, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Ruanas, ponchos, capes, mantels…they are all from the hinterlands…LES hinterlands

  43. positively the same dame

    November 5, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    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.

  44. kate f.

    November 5, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    sart-

    i love this one. it gives me the courage to wear my shorter cape… sometimes i feel too over the top wearing a cape.

    thanks,

    kate

  45. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 12:00 am

    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??

  46. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 12:57 am

    i love the composition of this photograph.

  47. alessandro

    November 6, 2006 at 4:36 am

    excellent! kudos to the young man and to the sartorialist.

  48. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 4:59 am

    batman!

  49. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 5:18 am

    holy shit! that is so cool!

  50. a.

    November 6, 2006 at 5:26 am

    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!

    signed,
    not a european

  51. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 6:13 am

    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.

  52. Swagger

    November 6, 2006 at 8:06 am

    OMG, I am speachless…and that’s not a good thing!

  53. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 8:55 am

    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 …

  54. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 9:05 am

    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.

  55. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Not big on capes, but he has the look of a 17th century Italian painting juxtaposed in 21st century NYC. Kinda like that…

  56. Carlene

    November 6, 2006 at 9:56 am

    I like the cape. He looks groovy and a little scary, and I’ll bet he likes that. Isn’t nice we all have different opinions, otherwise we’d all be running around in capes and it would be boring.

    Please stop insinuating the non-cape-lovers (or non-leggings-on-a-man-lovers, ahem) are smallminded, unstylish conformists. That’s kind of mean.

    That said, I’m really glad he isn’t wearing leggings with his cape, you know?

  57. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 10:27 am

    Dear Positively the Same Dame,

    I am not an American.

    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.

  58. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 10:56 am

    He looks like he should be in a painting – maybe French maybe around 1800s.
    Clearly he isn’t following the masses. I say BRILLIANT!

  59. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 11:19 am

    It’s not narrow minded just to say you don’t like something!

    let’s see more capes before we vote them off of the continent.

    Sart, please find us more men in capes.

  60. Matilda

    November 6, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    Well, I’m sorry, but I can’t stand super skinny pants on guys. It’s just wrong when it looks like a guy’s got curves.

  61. My

    November 6, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    I LOVE this.

  62. concupiscence

    November 6, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    i like his angelic face and hair.
    i like the cape, the shoes.
    the dark vibe.
    i don’t feel the skinnies.
    i’m not american, and it doesn’t matter.

  63. Sunny Bunny

    November 6, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    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

  64. positively the same dame

    November 6, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    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.

  65. rippedbackpocket

    November 6, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    Isn’t that Paul McCartneys lost son?
    He Timewarped and sort of became the hype of the day. Weird. And I’m a bit drunk.

  66. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    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.

  67. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    Dear PTSD

    You are absolutely right that my comment actually mirrors yours. Sorry I misinterpreted it!

    anon 10:27

  68. Alexander

    November 6, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    PS. to some of you…

    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.

    got it?

    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.

    pathetic.

  69. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    solomon looking as amazing as always. so glad you’ve captured him!

  70. The Sartorialist

    November 6, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    Alexander
    Just to clarify – I didn’t ask him to pose that way he just did it, I think he understood that it would better show of the cape.

    and just to stat the obvious – I think he looks great, New York needs kids like him. I think he has executed his look just as well the the gentleman in the recent grey plaid Etro suit.

  71. Ă©pigraphe

    November 6, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    We love SOLOMON.
    How can you hate.

  72. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    He’s cute and fun. I agree that looks like a stage actor. Actors are hilarious. NYC takes all kinds!

  73. inez

    November 7, 2006 at 12:38 am

    Bravo for the insouciance, the cheekiness, and the proud flair this boy has. How can one look at him and not see a fully fledged sartorialist?

    I never understood why some people are so rigid about fashion … it just sucks the fun out of the whole enterprise.

  74. Jara

    November 7, 2006 at 12:54 am

    I agree, Alexander and Sartorialist.

    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.

  75. concupiscence

    November 7, 2006 at 1:34 am

    Oh, for once, we’re being so ridiculous that no-one mentioned the pigeon-toed stance. Totally refreshing to see here.

  76. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 9:59 am

    this guy looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the cape and his entire look!

  77. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 10:09 am

    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?

  78. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    he looksa like a fashion victim. in ten years he will laugh at himself

  79. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Simply put, capes rule. And this guy has the guts/fashion acumen to sport one. Props.

  80. Anonymous

    November 8, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    Was this taken at that cool flea market, I think it’s on a corner? They have the best tee-shirts.

    I personally wouldn’t do the cape thing, but he seems secure and happy and I’d throw back a few beers with him. I bet he has great stories.

  81. lulamae

    November 9, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    that is the stuff i love about new york, so comtemporary and yet classic. he kind of looks like he would have been off to a duel a 100 years ago.
    thats how you do new romantic.
    this is phenomenal.

  82. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    He looks great for a guy or a girl! Love the Robin-androgony.
    E. Starbuck

  83. Anonymous

    November 13, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    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.

  84. Anonymous

    November 16, 2006 at 1:23 am

    “in ten years he will laugh at himself”

    I think he’s able to laugh at himself already, which seems to bvethe point of the cape in the first place.

    Bravo to him, I say.

    –a fellow cape wearer

  85. nifor

    December 7, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    I know where he took the idea from! there’s a famous portrait looking just the same.. i’ll post as soon as i find it out!

  86. Anonymous

    February 11, 2007 at 12:25 am

    one my fave!
    he looks like a much much younger version of Nikolai Gogol =)

  87. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 1:39 am

    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.

  88. biglakestyle

    March 4, 2008 at 5:50 am

    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 !

  89. Guiancarlo

    September 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Solomon? You better work!

  90. tresh

    May 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    love it .
    nice matching

    loving also

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  91. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Haters, keep hating. I think he looks sexy, mysterious, and awesome. LOVE IT!!

  92. beamm

    March 10, 2010 at 3:35 am

    lovelovelove

  93. Victor

    April 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Batman rules!

  94. rsb

    October 21, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    why not if it works for him?

  95. Couns

    December 12, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I really love the cape.

    Can't remember when I started searching for one.

  96. TheBlueEyedBoy

    December 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I love the cape !

  97. Estanislao

    January 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

    love the cape! Just wish to see the layers under the cape

  98. lindayoga

    August 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I LOVE his shoes!!

  99. Ray

    September 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Pat! Don’t wear a cape!

  100. dcinDC

    August 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Ummm… no. He looks like a bell. Maybe if his hands were out. And maybe with dress pants; at least with black pants of some type.

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