Thursday, March 19, 2009

On the Street……Shellback, Paris


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  1. Lucy - The Fashion Setter

    March 19, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Being creative and dare on proportions is not easy for men I guess, so that’s remarkable =)

  2. Vanessa

    March 19, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I want to like it, but he just looks like a turtle to me…

    • Simone Fraser

      October 20, 2014 at 3:53 am

      That made me laugh, however i like what he’s doing, such as the sharp lines on the lower half, and the strong clean volume on the upper. I’d like to know the dsigner. Tempting to assume a Japanese or Belgian person…

  3. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 9:33 am

    love the pants, socks, and shoes… but I am NOT a fan of the turtle shell jacket. Ruins the entire look… shame.

  4. miss sophie

    March 19, 2009 at 9:35 am

    i love the concept – but i wonder what happens when he sits down?

  5. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Wow what an odd look but such an appropo name! Shell back/tortoise back! So very unflattering really! :-)

  6. Dave

    March 19, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I love his tortoise shell sunglasses! Are those vintage Polaroid? They look really cool! :)

  7. Jack Daniel

    March 19, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hm…I’ve seen this man before. I can’t remember where. I like his socks and shoes!

  8. leah_nsf

    March 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Love the socks!!!

  9. blueseed

    March 19, 2009 at 9:57 am

    He makes me reminisce Paul Weller as The Style Council. So cool!

  10. JFK Jean

    March 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Expose those socks young man!!!

  11. Mr. Glenn

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 am

    fashion can be a joke…

  12. cmc

    March 19, 2009 at 10:28 am

    i concur with jfk jean, it’s all in the details/little things. et j’adore the subtlety of his socks.

  13. Mendij

    March 19, 2009 at 10:38 am

    not sure about the jacket but the socks and the sunglasses are really cool.

  14. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I’d like to see how it moves when you walk

  15. ZombieLace

    March 19, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Yet again, socks with shoes. Looovvee iiiit.

  16. norawoah

    March 19, 2009 at 10:44 am

    One usually doesn’t see a dude wearing such a silhouette. Way to switch it up!

  17. Boothe

    March 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

    His sock game is tight.

  18. katie.e

    March 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

    A coat that will keep you warn even over your backpack. brilliant.

  19. Rylan

    March 19, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I guess I’m not into the shellback. However, those socks are killer! I want a pair, RIGHT NOW!

  20. Danielle

    March 19, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I love this. And, what I love most is the hem of the pant and the socks and the shoes…glorious.

  21. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I LOVE this jacket! its Balenciaga right? if only more designers took more risks with their mens lines.

  22. Cutdrop

    March 19, 2009 at 11:08 am

    If you’re going to wear high water you better have nice socks.

  23. CW

    March 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I hope that this results from the wind catching and inflating the coat. Otherwise, I hope the police check him for a backpack – or a bomb.

    Nice socks.

  24. Soki

    March 19, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Those socks are killer!

  25. Olviya

    March 19, 2009 at 11:18 am

    thats how futurism is looking in real life)

  26. Dominica

    March 19, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Love the socks !
    In fact, I love the whole silhouette !

  27. diane

    March 19, 2009 at 11:37 am

    It’s like a modern twist on “Madmen”.

  28. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 11:41 am

    those socks ruin the whole look

  29. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 11:46 am

    if i like or dislike not matter because this man is impervious to judgment. any gentleman daring enough to shoe his hosiery( i love that phrase – men’s hosiery) and rock that coat tells us all that we, ‘ just don’t know.’

    but stop smoking – it’s killing you!

  30. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 11:47 am

    He can afford Balenciaga.

  31. Karen

    March 19, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I feel like the proportions of the coat with the rest of the look would be hard to pull off for most men, but he does so fairly well! I really love the pants with the socks and the shoes!

  32. suzanne nelson

    March 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    This is great! for men who complain menswear is less diverse and interesting than womenswear this must inspire you to play with silhouette, no or rather, non?

  33. princess glee

    March 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I like bugs, sometimes their beautiful and best viewed from a distance. He looks like a bug. He gets The Best Socks Ever award.

  34. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm


  35. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    The redemption of Gregor Samsa.

  36. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Smoking is only cool in Paris.

  37. Mvhammad Fvad

    March 19, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I love the shoot & the Alain Delon Allure present in this man, but the Coat; only fits for "Le Bossu de Notre Dame" .. I Like not ..

  38. Dan in Richmond

    March 19, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I think it’s an interesting silhouette and he’s right, proportionally, to pair the coat with the narrow pants and sleek shoes. Yes, the shoes and socks are great. I also love the touch of pastel shirt showing, a nice reminder that it’s spring!

  39. travelbug

    March 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Every component is on super-drive. The socks, of course, totally rock!

    The cut of the pants, the shoes, the white under-garment peaking out at the top… they all strongly support the jacket. Is this a trial balloon for some future jacket silhouette? That’s my take. It looks very futuristic. And will only really work for very, very skinny guys. Like him.

    In the perfection of this picture, this guy looks like a human version of a sleek black Porsche.

  40. Amra

    March 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Cool shot!

  41. miky

    March 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    i love this picture!!!

  42. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    He looks like a turtle – in the best way possible!!

  43. Nikita M.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I would kill for those socks!!
    Even though I’m not a fan of the coat, he pulls it off pretty well.

  44. evalyn

    March 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Finally! A balance of the too-small (the pants) with the too large (the jacket). A nice look, compared to the too-small jackets layered over one another until nothing fits or drapes or looks comfortable. Great look.

    And I LOOOOVE those socks. Nice touch.

  45. Jazzbuff630

    March 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Teenage Smoking Prada Turtle?

  46. Scott W

    March 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I thought it was because the wind was blowing.

  47. pilatespat

    March 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The socks and shoes ROCK! I find it whimsical how his posture (neck to hips to feet is “S” shape) is inverse relationship to the “C” shape of his coat. And while I want to say I would be so daring I kind of think the coat makes him look like he is “reverse pregnant”, never a sexy thing. Maybe if he stood up straighter…

    Thanks for the fun Sart! What would the dreary rainy days of early Spring be without your lightness?

  48. anonwomen

    March 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I love the silhouette so dramatic and sculptural, and the socks are just genius!!

  49. Luuworld

    March 19, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    supercool picture! love the sillhouette :p

  50. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    This jacket would look great in an editorial spread. It is interesting to see it on the street — this whole look works for me. If one has the confidence and attitude, one call pull most anything off.

  51. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    A similar shape as the Kimono for Japanese women, but in this case service little purpose than for shape.

  52. garcon66

    March 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I believe this chic jeune homme is sporting socks by Paul Smith, seeing as I have a pair identical to his pair. If they are the same, they have a rockin’ red border around the top and the toes. Love this silhouette, as well. C’est completement parisian!

  53. pennerad

    March 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    looks a lot like my winter coat from Acne, albeit more exaggerated. I like that he took a risk, no matter how slight.

  54. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    makes him look ‘slouchy.’

  55. Mvelase

    March 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    So much of mainstream women’s fashion as of late is about the sculptured silhouette. So it’s so interesting and cool to see this on a man. I love the swith-up.

  56. -h

    March 19, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    a striking silhouette. and the socks were a nice touch as well.

  57. tim

    March 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    i LOVE this Balenciaga jacket! i’ve had a photoshoot from ID magazine on my wall with the model wearing it for about a year now. such an interesting silhouette. big fan.

  58. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    the socks MAKE this outfit divine!
    and of course,the silhouette.

  59. Paulina

    March 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I love how his socks are just the pop of color!

  60. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    poofy, sort of. But it works for him, I guess. Stop smoking, dude!

  61. Anonymous

    March 20, 2009 at 1:08 am

    The ensemble is interesting, but I don’t think his body proportions pull it off very well. However, the detail of the patterned socks, and the the white collar peeking out of the coat are nice touches.

  62. Anonymous

    March 20, 2009 at 2:34 am

    This is a great shot! I like a man who dares to try sth different and is not afraid to show it off. The jacket is very charming!

  63. Rita

    March 20, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Awww, he looks like a cute little turtle! ♥

  64. Anonymous

    March 20, 2009 at 3:26 am

    its Tim clifton- green from LOVE that i love the shape of the jacket so fluid looking but so stiff at the same time and those socks are just amazing

  65. Kaitlin

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 am

    I love that with a super skinny pant you can tell that beneath the shell that’s hiding the rest of his body, he is quite thin. Who would’ve though you could look skinner by being engulfed in fabric! Then again, Mary Kate has been doing that for years… regardless, this look is fabulous!

  66. lottie

    March 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Chic, ladies 60′s silhouette but sharp AS. trouser skimming ankle at just the right spot.

  67. Journeys Through Fashion

    March 20, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Love that he’s wearing patterned socks, as well as showing them! I’m not too sure about the jacket though…I’m kinda half and half.

  68. Debarge

    March 20, 2009 at 10:30 am

    point of views:
    fashion… definitely
    fashion-able… eh, probably not
    photography… HELL YES!! Great [shot] Scott! haha

  69. Debarge

    March 20, 2009 at 10:31 am

    (oh and i agree with Dave 9.43am: sunnies are awesome)

  70. Anonymous

    March 20, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    i love balenciaga menswear

  71. Words Between the Spaces

    March 20, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    He kinda looks like Lucy and Ethel in Paris–fashion victim. I like the socks, but his pants are too short.

  72. Jérôme

    March 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    The Coat looks like one of the designs of René Storck. At the moment he has a campaing in the German Vogue. The female model wears a similar coat.


  73. jenna starr

    March 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Super Mario meets Pierre Cardin.

  74. konshonchloe

    March 20, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    i loke tooo muchh these jacket its sooo furutisticoo

  75. Anonymous

    March 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    gregor samsa!

  76. Anonymous

    March 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm


  77. Anonymous

    March 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm


  78. HC

    March 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    suit ponchos. what’s next?

  79. Danger is my middle name

    March 21, 2009 at 1:06 am

    awesome socks.

  80. John Christopher

    March 21, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Reminds me of being back in grade school when kids would wear their coats over top of their book bags.

  81. owen

    March 21, 2009 at 4:55 am

    balenciaga, without a doubt.

  82. Anonymous

    March 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    trouser length isn’t just fashionable it also SUITS him… often a forgotten point…. the jacket I love but fear it’s watered down imitations that will ineveitably follow.. this example is pin sharp- focused on the pitch and balance… it can only be achieved this way!

  83. Malik

    March 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Why is everybody hating so zealously? He looks amazing and that coat probably cost a grip. Besides, is HE looking at YOU on the most prophetic fashion blog ever? Hmm…didn’t think so.

  84. May Kasahara

    March 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    sooooooo cool. so cool.

  85. the sophisticat

    March 22, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Malik, I agree. Why are so many against the shape of the jacket? It’s so beautiful and you can see the perfection in the construction from here. What are the other options? A black jacket from Topshop? The jacket, I repeat, is just beautiful.

    And the simple detailing in the socks. Love.

  86. Joel Plastiique!

    March 22, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I absolutely Love the coat, It’s amazing to actually see a piece like this on the street, and I don’t see it as a joke, menswear needs to be more progressive! I love Balenciaga, and this gentleman here just made my season.

  87. Ezra

    March 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    what an interesting cut for a jacket

  88. Anonymous

    March 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm


  89. Claybel

    March 22, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Beatle! He is Franz Kafka’s Metomorphosis embodied!!

  90. Mythos

    March 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I like the socks but the jacket has a way of bringing back into my mind what Oscar Wilde once said about fashion! “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”

  91. Anonymous

    March 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I love the top half but the trousers are too skinny for my mind. I want him to break ALL the rules and go for old man slacks…then he can blow away into the sky and be a dream boat.

  92. HC

    March 23, 2009 at 2:57 am

    large, extra large, poncho.

  93. Anonymous

    March 23, 2009 at 8:46 am

    socks are from polo ralph lauren- have them too- theyre cool :-)

  94. Kristoffer Appelvik

    March 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The coat is a Balenciaga wool coat by Ghesquiére and the silhouette can be seen in the early work of Balenciaga. It is a lovely coat and a work of art and not just some simple shell jacket. You should be ashamed.

  95. KiwiBella

    March 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    John Christopher said…”Reminds me of being back in grade school when kids would wear their coats over top of their book bags.”

    That’s exactly what it reminded me of… except sometimes I still do it when it’s pouring with rain and I don’t want to get my backpack wet while riding my motorbike!

    I must make myself a sign that reads “in the manner of Balenciaga” to stick on my back and distract from the fashion disgrace.

  96. seasonc

    March 24, 2009 at 4:56 am

    OMG, L.O.V.E. that coat!!!

  97. Anonymous

    March 24, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Very beetle-esque and apropos of Gregor Samsa in the Metamorphosis.

  98. Anonymous

    March 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    How rare and refreshing! Someone who has not only understands the importance of color and texture, but of silhouette! The socks and glasses are perfection.

  99. Anonymous

    March 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    i love this outfit from balenciaga, i have the same

  100. Thomas

    March 25, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Interesting shape. Not good, but interesting ;)

  101. Anonymous

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  102. D.K

    April 17, 2009 at 1:11 am

    not a big fan of turtle thing
    it looks like hes wearing extra large coat that was not tailored right. there’s nothing “Artsy” about it honestly that looks weird. w.e i still like the pants and the shoes and the lil checks socks. and a cigarrtte ;)

  103. Anonymous

    May 16, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    i’m really not into this coat, but the socks are very nice.

  104. romaine

    June 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I LOVE this look and the dude rocks it!! everything is perfecto.

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