Tuesday, April 8, 2008

On the Street…..Outside APC, NYC



I saw him walking over to sit down and what really struck me about his look was the simple pleating detail on the back of the jacket had created a very strong V-shape silhouette.

Maybe the sweatshirt underneath helped build up the shoulder and the super slim jeans helped finish off the vision but in that moment I had an instant flashback to Mugler/Montana with a little Thriller (in blue) thrown in.

It’s funny how certain silhouettes can just disappear for a while and when you unexpectedly see them again it really kinda shocks your eye.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a strong shoulder actually make its way to the street..

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  1. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I like the look, even though personally I am not partial to two elements here, what I call the articulated shoulder, and denim-on-denim. I feel that the articulated shoulder is not necessary except in perhaps hunting jackets- even cowboys can do all their work with a simple denim jacket shoulder, can’t they? Secondly, denim, in my humble/biased opinion should be treated like leopard skin, one item at a time. Of course your subject is a hot specimen, and because of his build, the look works on him. Again, you captured a look that does not have to be expensive (the boots could be a thrift store find) and it timeless. Jorge from West Palm Beach

  2. Gabriela

    April 8, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I just adore all the blues that are going on there. This background works so well here!

  3. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 9:48 am

    The picture is like one of Van Gogh’s painings and he looks like young Van Gogh himself…

  4. Alice Olive

    April 8, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I love your description – Mugler/Montana and a little Thriller – exactly! A great shot too – a true blue moment. Pun intended.

  5. Carolina Lange

    April 8, 2008 at 9:58 am

    He looks great!

  6. thehugemistake

    April 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

    again, it’s as though you take photos of people that soothe the eye and at the same time…help people like me unlearn the old rules of fashion.

    denim on denim used to look SO WRONG to me. thanks for the help – my old sensibilities are beginning to uncurl and relax.

  7. Andrew

    April 8, 2008 at 10:27 am

    It’s hard to separate the photography from the fashion. The blue setting drives home the blueness of his ensemble. What he wears is timeless, but a bit of a cliche. We’ve seen this, for what, 60 years now? Marlon Brando, James Dean, etc.

    Still, you nailed this image beautifully. I respect your eye and artistry tremendously.

  8. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Great photography! Love the way the young man is framed in blue, wearing blue on blue. I think the grey of the hoodie, cuffs, window reflexion and even the pavement tie in the whole composition. All the elements seem to emphasize his expression….

    ~ Miss Mary

  9. Jerome O'Brien

    April 8, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Wow. He really does look like Van Gogh. Good call.

    Rather than seeing this as a silhouette I haven’t seen in a while, I see this as absolutely timeless. Tell me you couldn’t have seen this exact man looking exactly like this in ’58. The blues are KILLING ME, Sart.

    This guy has a story. No doubt about it. But, I bet it’d be hard to get it out of him.

  10. Ken

    April 8, 2008 at 11:06 am

    the british dude from APC! he’s always had a great sense of style.

  11. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Oddly enough – Is this Patrick Cleandenim?

  12. BoycottChina

    April 8, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Is he wearing a Canadian tuxedo?

  13. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Ken, what are you saying? Is this guy famous? What/who is APC? Sorry to be out of the loop!

  14. Anna

    April 8, 2008 at 11:43 am

    no its PATRICK

  15. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 11:50 am

    This is such a classic look that will never become dated: The selvedge denim pieces are timeless and iconic, as are the boots. There’s nothing here that is desperately fashionably– just a proflie of an effortlessly stylish man. Take away the hoodie, and this could easily be an image from the 50′s, or 60′s, 70′s or 80′s (put the hoodie back on!)… Timeless.

  16. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 11:55 am

    don’t be afraid to do the denim on denim. I think it looks great!

  17. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    patrick cleandenim! you should hear his music

  18. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Jerome is right, this kid does have a story. Might be hard to get it out of him, but you can hear it for yourself on his Myspace music page. Or check out his films on Youtube.

    http://www.myspace.com/patrickcleandenim

    Fashion fueled by art? Or art fueled by fashion?

    I’d like to see what he wears on stage!

    - Jess, NYC

  19. cassaundra

    April 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    very handsome,
    well done!

  20. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Another lovely portrait with a restricted palette, classically composed.

    BTW, it wouldn’t hurt the look for this guy to get a shine once in a while. I’ll buy.

  21. Rollergirl

    April 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Love your commentary…

  22. Sy

    April 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I must say his style and general look remind me greatly of Marlon Brando…it’s classic but refreshing to see.

  23. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Mugler and Montana !
    Ah, those were the days …..
    And by the way : Sorry to say but if you haven´t heard of APC you are out of the loop.
    The founder/owner Touitou (spelling ?)is a very inspiring person.

  24. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    In response to boycottchina: I suppose an all denim ensemble would be considered the dreaded “Canadian tux”– but it’s about context and reference. The context being APC’s selvedge denim, and the reference is classic Americana via Brando and James Dean. After all, a white t-shirt is just that–a white shirt, but with the right attitude from the wearer, it becomes something stylish and even inspiring. And that’s exactly what this gentleman’s has done with his APC selvedge denim jacket and jeans– taken a classic look, and made it his own. It’s about individual attitude and style, not fashion.

  25. -h of candid cool

    April 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    this is overall just a really great photograph, all the blues. and he’s got a hint of james dean to him.

  26. Liam

    April 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    forget what he’s wearing!
    That building!
    /
    Covering the entire facade in “I’m so beautiful it hurts” blue, has really inspired me…

    beautiful!

  27. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    PATRICK! I keep coming across you in one way or another, all the way out here on the other coast.

  28. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I’m not a fan of the denim tuxedo – it’s just too much. I love his shoes though.

  29. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    huhu…..wht impress me most is not the guy outfits or look…
    its just tht caption tht u snaps…

    the whole denim blue look n backdrop…

    wow!!! very nice..

    keep it up sart…

    wiiee
    adil sg

  30. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    this is perfect

  31. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    HI PATRICK!!
    HE IS LOVELY GUY AND ALLWAYS LOOKING GOOD!

  32. bcat

    April 9, 2008 at 1:04 am

    hahaha that is NOT Patrick Cleandenim that’s just one of the sales associates at the APC store. I totally recognize him because i remember noticing his hairstyle/anorexic body when i went there a few weeks ago.

  33. ellastica

    April 9, 2008 at 1:14 am

    i love the way the brass button on his denim coat lines up with the soft orange of his cigarette filter!

  34. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Double-denim! Such a no-no, but it looks alright here. He’s got the attitude to pull it off.

  35. meli

    April 9, 2008 at 2:58 am

    signor sart.
    im enjoying quite a bit your descriptions on how you come across your photographed muses and a bit abour of where you are.

    Being a west coast native/resident, Im always amused at not only your blog, but also the scenery of this movement. This shot though, reminds me of the time in the 90s when I resided in Italy, I was (still am) boy crazy about all these cute all-denim outfits vespa drivers. just fab how EVERYONE had a nice fitted jean jacket. igot my own and it still fits perfect.
    good times.

  36. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 3:06 am

    I like the boots and jeans. I also really like the photograph, as always. But denim jackets are generally aweful items of clothing, especially when paired with jeans. Come on dude, you’re outside APC, there must be othere jackets around!

    Energie

  37. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    SEXXXY

  38. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    i like blue

  39. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Mr. Sart,

    I am so happy to see you doing captions again! It just prolongs the enjoyment of my daily blog ritual.

    Sincerely,

    Longtime fan, VA, USA

  40. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Forget the rules, he can wear denim-on-denim with that body. He doesn’t look the least bit unsophisticated. It’s about time that strong shoulders came back in style. I’m sick of all the emphasis on the hip. Bring back shoulders, just not football size. Designers, please tweak the cut of the shoulders to look bigger without the heavy duty padding this time around.

  41. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Cool look. Seems to work for him. James Dean meets Tom Hulce. I like the Japanese denim.

  42. peachgirl

    April 10, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Very Brokeback Mountain. I like it a lot!

  43. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008 at 1:35 am

    he’s true to the end APC style. he could be just walking off from an APC catalogue.

  44. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Hey everyone–Patrick Cleandenim and Patrick the sales associate at APC are the same person! And he looks amazing, sexy, thoughtful, and careless all at once.

  45. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    yes, it’s cleandenim from apc via atc, maybe next? abc carpet… i love that kid.

  46. White Russian

    April 12, 2008 at 3:26 am

    I’ll co-sign with the comment about the blues and how it looks like a Van Gogh painting. I really like the worn boots as well. I love boots, have many pairs myself.

  47. miya

    April 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    i love the cuffed jeans.

  48. Lauren

    April 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Oh, i Love this picture. The guy’s careless style is so great.

  49. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    patrick cleandenim is a prolific musician, artist, and film maker

  50. Carolyn

    April 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I like this image. There’s a subtly shiny, almost metallic finish to the denim – it’s very crisp and fresh. Also, the fact that the jacket is just a shade darker than the pant helps break up the look a bit and keeps it from seeming too monochromatic. I’m not normally a fan of denim-on-denim, but both this look, and this image, really work. Great capture.

  51. Molly

    April 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    PATRICK! Unspeakably lovely!

  52. RMH

    April 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Oh my god I went to high school with this kid. Jesus Pat bring the fro back! I miss it!

  53. Anonymous

    April 26, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    This is one of the best musicians making music today.

  54. Lillian

    July 9, 2009 at 9:42 am

    A bit James Dean and a bit Johnny Depp.

  55. Topol

    May 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    “I feel that the articulated shoulder is not necessary except in perhaps hunting jackets- even cowboys can do all their work with a simple denim jacket shoulder, can’t they?”

    Not when the jacket is cut as close and tightly as they are now. Think of motorcycle jackets, which have articulated shoulders.

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