I agree with andra on the toe shoes. They are a little unsettling. It’s like that old Sesame Street adage, “one of those things don’t quite belong.” As a matter of fact, his whole outfit bothers me. Nothing really fits and who did he get that sweater from?
That fine line between clever & stupid is once again blurred. The tiny blue thing does not make up for the fact that his shirt is way too big. And are those sneakers supposed to help him pick up pennies with his toes? I give this one a big MISS!
It seems you can pretty much wear anything and everyone here will love it. This is a terrible outfit probably explained by the fact its a Kim Jones knit. Leave womenswear to the women and Mondrian? Do me a favour! Its a badly made, badly fitted sweater.
Wow. Love every single thing about it, down to the rosy cheeks. The blues, the lengths, the tight, but slightly dated looking jeans….it all works. Somehow. When a look is this elegantly jarring, I’m impressed. And I’m in love with him.
Love it! The shot is really good with the wooden panels as a background. And I think Sart has a good eye for very consistent personalities: it is not just the knit or the jacket or the shoes, but look at the whole including the face. The proof it is a good shot: it is very controversial! Very interesting! It looks like women outfit but is very well worn by a man and it takes a while to understand what is going on here. Love it!
this is solomon. i commend him for his constant personal adventures in proportion and silhouette, but sometimes, like in this instance with the shirt and top, it feels a little too gimmicky and ‘clever’. not theatrical or costumey, but overdone. seeing him in blue jeans is pretty big though.
Love the mix of blues and how right they are with his complexion, and I like the effect of the layers — coat hem, shirt hem, sweater hem. What is everybody’s problem with this sweater?! Looks like a take-off on the cropped tank tops guys wear in the weight rooms to show off their abs. Also, I see buttonholes along the bottom edge — does anybody know if there is another layer that if it were on, it would make the garment hip length? I like choices like that in clothing. And this is the second time we’ve seen Margiela’s witty reference to Japanese tabi socks — the first time was on that fey Japanese woman photographer that Sart caught in Paris wearing them. I’m really surprised at the negativity toward this guy’s outfit in some of the comments — I mean “worst ever” in all caps (does 11:17 know that is considered the equivalent of shouting) — what got his knickers in such a twist!?
Reading anonymous at 10:17′s comments makes me wonder. I am a blog neophyte, but I don’t see why people fill free to shout criticism in all caps, and – this is a personal pet peeve – put perfectly good words into quotation marks before dashing behind a big pole called anonymous. It’s playground bully stuff. Don’t take it seriously, Sart, or like our folks used to say – consider the source.
I am very open when it comes to fashion but i really do not get this look. What is so nice about it? Super tight jeans a shruken sweater looking thing a shirt that is way to long…… But then again many people do not like the looks posted on here worn by people such as Lino and I think he is one of the best dressed men out there so I respect this young mans style even if it is not something I would wear. I guess thats the thing about fashion it would not be nice if we were all wearing the same stuff.
Excuse me, Anon 11:17, the sartorialist deserves an audience that respects his judgment whether or not they personally like the outfits. you do not seem to embody that spirit. I’m pretty sure that the last time I checked this was his blog and he can post whatever he wants.
This outfit is not about following rules and he definitely pulls it off. The proportions are interesting, (short sweater, long shirt, skinny jeans – but not too skinny, long parka). The beautiful shades of blue against the light beige of the parka give him an airy appearance, which, in my opinion is essential to pull off this busy, heavy look.
I can’t decide how I feel…he has a great face, colours are great as well as the fit…but the proportion of that vest-thing is so off putting that I can’t focus anything else. I kinda like the weird shoes, though!
This outfit is not my favourite that i’ve seen from The Sartorialist. But I do understand what he is trying to say about fashion.
In response to anon 11:17 AM – I think it is completely out of order to want to micro-manage this blog like that. The Sart has the right to post what he likes without having to second guess his judgement or feel like he has to please his audience all the time.
Sometimes fashion is meant to provoke and inspire. So let’s think a bit outside the box sometimes. You might be surprised by what you find.
the whole look is tokyo 1998 – but it still works and is fresh. I love seeing people in NY dress like they get their clues from somewhere else – its been feeling like we’re surrounded by clones lately. I would never wear the clothes – but I might have carried it off 15 years ago… its a bit death in venice.
ps the shoes may be margiela but they’re japanese construction worker shoes and have been around for centuries…
the shirt/sweater proportion fundamentally doesn’t work to my eye. I do find it interesting, tho, that he is even trying this proportion, and doing it in a nonchalant way, so it’s intriguing to see for that reason.
Really lovely, interesting proportions… straying from the typical, everyday… but it works so well. The colours, too. Not a big fan of ninja turtle shoes, but I can still appreciate them. And they work well with the colours of this outfit.
To quote Sart, “For me, this is all about the attitude that a specific shoe can create for an entire look. ” What attitude does camel toed shoes create? I do love the tousled hair and the one blue sleeve peeking out though.
I can see why people wouldn’t like this, because I had a bit of a “WTF?” reaction at first, but I do love this. I think the proportions are incredible, and I love the tones throughout. Plus, the Margiela’s are incredible.
This is great. From the split toe, I’m assuming those are martin margiela. Interesting proportion, and understated irreverence. I just wish you’d taken a picture of him with the jacket off also for the full view of the blue overall and shirt combination.
WHat a beautiful face… lets go out to dinner, eh? I was starting to think that those good old Italian American boys were all gone out of New York. The way he mixes his sort of Roman classical face with those toned down but modern clothes is inspiring. Reminds me of the wonderful European side of the 1980s, with the wash of the jeans and the shades of white and cream. These colors/shades inspire me for summer. And I love the way that he augments his natural beauty. how old is he?
the whole photo, down to the boarded up background shouts wartime Bosnia (his foreign features only add to that). his (gorgeous/ precious) expression seems to say that despite the fact that he’s covering his back with whatever he could get from the Red Cross, were he only in a land of more opportunity he would be better dressed than most of us.
Well, hmmm. Call me backward, but the proportions of this look are awkward, and not, to me, in a good way. I give him a lot of credit for creativity and nerve, and I am glad that those such as he walk among us; however, despite the fact that I actually love the crazy sweater, I would have a really hard time not giggling if I passed this man on the street.
his mixture and color puzzle is just amazingly in sync with the beautiful collage of textures in the background. I have a profound affinity with multi textured walls now, there’s just a great addition with all the blues gray hues on such gorgeous well put together boy. yum.
I think, its the mix of materials and surfaces that makes it look interesting. cotton, wool ? (the sweater/pullover-thing) and microfibre/polyesther.
but I think he had problems to squeeze the loose sleeves of his sweater into the sleeves of his coat. looks much too tight. my european eye is reminded to the layering look of the middle-90Â´s. or clothes for pregnant women. the shoes are so unsexy, it hurts. no. to me he looks like a roman warrior heading for landing on the moon. give him a suit, please.
First-time commenter. This is just an amazing picture in which the synchronicity between the subject and the background seems almost impossible to have captured without a whole lot of prearrangement. God, you’re good!
There is something to be said for guts and experimenting and going outside the conventional, which I give him kudos for. Aside from the fact it’s different, however, I don’t think it works. I think the lenght of the shirt does miserable things for his leg line. Maybe it would work better on a taller man. And I don’t think the big coat helps. I do like the colors, and I like the vest/sweater/whatever that is. But really don’t love the overall effect. And I’d rather be staring at him in something incredibly dull and understated than staring at this outfit.
I think this outfit is amazing. To me he looks very young (18? and probably of Italian descent) but at that age with such an innate sense of style is to me incredible. It is a wonderful shot too with that slightly far away look in his eyes that shows possibly an age beyond his years. Fab fab and once again fab!
staraful beat me to the punch. kim jones, maybe even tim hamilton, should do this look, if they haven’t already. the pieces were awesome taken apart too. this is pretty bang-up, ballsy layering, and the lack of accessories, save for the awesome shoes, is very refreshing.
I wholeheartedly concur with everyone’s comments about Anonymous 11:17. All caps is e-quivalent to yelling, which is totally out of line in this kind of forum (or any polite conversation, for that matter).
p.s. Personally, I like this look. I’d do it with jeans that are slightly less tight around the leg but it’s totally fearless and I appreciate that.
His rosy cheeks are nicely complimented by the blue sweater. But nothing else about the look is working for me. The coat seems too puffy, and I wonder whether that’s due to the sweater. It looks like a bit of sweater sleeve is peeping through below the left wrist.