Great photo, Sart. Non-directional and non-fashion-forward are GOOD things, right? I couldn’t tell from your caption. This is such a classic photo, it’s hard to know where to begin. Check out the undarted sport jacket with a 3/2 roll, the crimson pocket square, dress shirt with university stripes, grey flannel trousers, and tobacco suede split-toe shoes. Exceedingly well done! Mr. Barbera is one of my style icons and I have a collection of images of him on my hard drive. I wish more men, especially the fashion victims and sofa slobs, would pay attention to him. Watch and learn.
The shirt, the shoes, the eyeglasses, the pants are just great. Beautiful and comfortable. Perfectly suited to the man. But, the jacket seems less-than-perfect to me. It looks like the stiching on the bottom half (near the lower pockets) of the jacket was done poorly. It appears to be wavy. I’d never expect a man such as Mr. Barbera to have poor tailoring. Could it possibly be an illusion in the photo?
i love when older gentalmen rock the great style. and show us what they have learn over their lives. more truth to the fact that mens fashion doesn’t need to change, because classic will always be that, classic.
If “forward” means looking like Dr. Spock’s long lost daughter or Pee Wee Herman, then no, Mr. Barbera is not a representative of fashion-forward comic book looking characters. Yet, I cannot help but think that his sense of fashion is what will continue to be referenced in the future. This is the eternal standard of how elegant adult gentlemen dress. It is where the eternal meets reality.
he has not a big agenda beyond proportioned ‘rightness’, and a comfortable individuality. the green tie [!] against the stripe shirt plus the maroon pocket square, down to the shoes are visual ‘ticklers’…
I’ve never seen Mr. Barbera himself, only his classic clothing. Here’s a guy and style that from the very first moment one can respect. And I’m kind of with “LBT for President” above: some of the guys you see decked in fashion-forward designer stuff come across as way too self-important. Nice photograph–my imagination tells me that it’s a wonderfully quiet street behind him.
To echo a common sentiment, I love Mr. Barbera’s style.
I don’t want to knock anyone’s personal style, but I’m glad that there are still men like him protecting and perfecting the classic. It’s a great counterpoint to the more “fashion forward” and something I try to emulate myself.
This man shows class all the way non of that noveau rich you can see from time to time. Mr Barbera is defently one of the biggest style icons in menswear, if I could I would prefer to wear his brand everyday..
I retract what I wrote about the understatedness of his dress. i just meant what someone already pointed out: the age of the jacket, the scuffs on the shoes, etc. I’d just think a guy like him could wear a new pair every day. But the outfit is great. Truly iconic, and I must agree with all the commenters about not being “fashion forward” being a good thing. Why should we go forward from this outfit.
How sad that this great example of classic and deeply personal style could be considered anything but wonderful. I donâ€™t think Scott meant anything negative by his observation. I mean, if I could sit down and talk style and menswear with anyone, it would very well be Luciano Barbera. The man is a legend. So, to my mind, there is no reason to add a qualifier to this picture; itâ€™s perfect. I have nothing against more â€śfashionâ€ť looks and cutting edge whatever â€“ but those looks always seem to fade and go out of fashion. I hope to have half as much class at that point in my life. Mr. Barberaâ€™s look will outlive us all.
Perhaps by including his qualifier, Sart simply was referring to the fact that his blog, in general, is usually geared toward the fashion-forward. This is an exception in that it’s not fashion forward, but so well done that it deserves a spot anyway. Doesn’t mean that Sart was finding fault, just that he was pointing out the difference between this and his other pictures. Personally, I think it’s very well-done and I would love to see more men like this where I am from.
There are many subtle forces at play here. The perfect “X” of jacket creases, converging at the button. The absolutely symmetric way the pant creases swoop inward at the ankle. The lights in the vitrines. The wet pavement. The earth tones of the buildings. The flat grey sky.
First off, I personally am not fashion foward at all. I wear all classics and the way I look at it is; it’s how you choose items from the broad range of classic staples. You can choose the cut, colour, size, etc…
I get much more satisfaction out of the way I dress than I would wearing YSL or D&G any day.
I adore everything about Mr. Barbera’s appearance.