I love this photo! His eyebrows are done perfectly. I also love the headband. It’s funny how I just posted a photo of a woman wearing a patterned headband on my blog as well. Love your blog!
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Fierce! Love the almost-cropped top and the gucci. This reminds me of a piece Bill Cunningham did recently – proclaiming that men’s fashion is on the verge of becoming more exciting and dynamic than women’s. I think he’s on to something!
This photo, this young man, emits both truth and courage. What a powerful photograph. I see the clothes but they fade into the background as I begin to see him more clearly through the way he chooses to express himself.
He’s at once totally himself but totally thought provoking.
Love how he perfectly manages a strong sense of masculine with the perfectly trimmed the mustache and sculpted arms and the feminine with the pink headband, sculpted eyebrows, and purse.
He seems so approachable.
Interesting that this photo should appear as I’m in the midst of writing a paper on dandyism with respect to Daphne Guinness and the androgyny of Andreij Peijic.
It’s interesting how clothing is such a stable non-verbal method of communication – our idea of who this man is as a person would change dramatically if if everything he were wearing was camouflage or black. Our eyes see a man, but we’re tricked into believing he is feminine because of what he is wearing. I find it so interesting how people can send a false reality to an audience just by what they’re wearing.
What a lovely face. Thank you for this picture. I love his face, his shirt with the flowers, his arms…This picture is an inspiration for a paper I am writing for a conference in Copenhagen on “gender-bending” Jesuits and their encounters with indigenous healers in late sixteenth century Asia. I tell you, the Sartorialist totally helps me puzzle through aspects of my dissertation! Thanks! Also, It’s inspiring to know how hard you continue to work even after you’ve won an award.
What a gorgeous photo! I do want to give the benefit of the doubt but… I wonder if you asked hir gender orientation before filing the image under menswear? Ze may not identify with hir birth gender. Or maybe you did ask and I’m just being over-zealous. Love your blog, you’re an inspiration!
Sorry, but this makes me uncomfortable. Maybe if you know him and what he’s about, he’s a wonderful, interesting, intelligent person, but I have too many questions just from the picture. I worry for him how people might be reacting. Really wish it didn’t bother me so much. I hate it when I find I’m not always as open-minded as I would like to be…
You lost me on this one Sart. I simply don’t know what to take from this photo. Maybe I’m a little confused about this blog. This guy is posted in men, when everything about him says he wants to be a woman.
He has a beautiful aura about him, a calm smile, yet attitude in the wrist and the way he poses and holds his hand bag. Almost like you caught him off guard and he had time to position his body, but omit a quiet smile.
hm…actually i was really surprised by this shot…
This is so controversial and complicated…Is this a side of his personality or just a chance to have all the eyes on him?
I’m a kind of a person who likes men and women both but I’m not trying to become something different from what Iam…
I would like to express my respect to this young man ,he was not shy to be shot even if he knew that he would cause so many different oppinions about his style.
Personally,I don’t like it ’cause I think he would look much more elegant in a trousers and a t-shirt with oxford shoes.However I do respect him!
He had me at his eyebrows, but then I noticed the Mona Lisa smile. Something about this manchild makes me want to take care of him, talk to him, find out what’s really going on. But I’d settle for just where’s he coming from and going to.
For me, there’s too much going on here. The pink, the bag…
I just don’t think this post is suitable for your blog (not that i know what is, I just have a certain image that up to now always seemed to be correct)
On any other blog I just would have said “good for him” or something, it just doesnt fit here, in my opinion.
lovely picture, though :)
Power to him for wearing what he wants with confidence. Society is adjusting to change which I am so happy about but this man must still get scrutiny. I respect the fact that he is willing to wear this despite the looks or comments he gets. His eyebrows are also beautifully shaped!!
For those of you questioning his sexuality or claiming he “obviously” wants to be a woman, I would like to know exactly how a head band and purse indicate something such as.
Some people simply feel better in different kinds of clothing, whether you’re a man buying a tank top from the Women’s department of a store, or vice versa. I think it’s great that this young man feels comfortable enough to step out wearing whatever the hell he pleases. If anything, he’s ahead of his time in a place where people are still shocked when they see a man using a “mutch”.
I must post again, because just looking at him again this morning brings tears to my eyes…He/She (and I do think you might want to consider posting the picture in both the male and female categories, depending on what the person identified as, or perhaps it is the choice of the category itself that has generated such a conversation!) just has the kindest look on his face. And even for those who are troubled by the photo—I think it’s great that you are asking questions. But this photo connects with me in such an organic way…reminds me of my ancestors! you cannot fake the serenity of that countenance, and even if he did, then he is a fine, fine actor who has learned to mask pain and troubled waters. Thank you for this photo.
@Robert: I do respect your position.
‘If anything, heâ€™s ahead of his time in a place where people are still shocked when they see a man using a â€śmutchâ€ť.’
In my belief ,I don’t think that New York is a place where people is in the habit of judging or making others feel uncomfortable.I do say so cause I live in Athens and in countries like Greece,Spain etc,people is so narrow minded comparing to New Yorkers or Scandinavian citizens…
For instance,a greek man who takes care of his style and image is considered as gay or bisexual here.This is so unfair and indicates a nation that has no education and aesthetic.
Last,I would like to thank Scott for this post cause he made us express our way of thinking for some very significant issues
I could be called a hater, but I feel this is just weird. No, I am not homophobic (phobia means persistent fear, and I do not have a persistent fear of homosexuals), but I don’t see this as normal, or beautiful. Yet I DO NOT hate the guy–just want that to be clear :)
This lovely young man reminds me of myself in the mid 80′s. While he has a look of welcome on his face, I wore a look of “don’t mess with me”. I see that sadly he is being met with the same small mindedness that I was when androgyny made its first big foray into the spotlight. His clothing choices will evolve, he is young. To call him “tacky” is cruel, he is developing a taste level. Bravo Scott to welcome us all into your blog I always assumed anyone was welcome. Now I sure. Kisses to Garance!
I agree with Kurt Feero that this man’s style is evolving, and that what Scott has given us is a portrait that captures this—and whose personal style isn’t always evolving? I look forward to Scott’s next encounter with this lovely person, to see what he wears in a year or two. I am sure we will all be pleasantly surprised. Wherever you are dear one, may your day be as lovely as you! Thank you!
Oy. Trans is rarely done well, but you don’t start with an unflattering preppy top and designer bag. He looks like he’s borrowed his frumpy mom’s clothes. I like pink scarf on him a lot, but the rest is a mess. He’s an absolutely beautiful young man. He could do a lot better.
I know someone’s got it going on when they inspire a wide, happy, smiley response from yours truly. The design lining his shirt reminds me of some pleasant grade-school memory (some shoes? a blouse? too long ago) and I really want his brows.
How can you say this “man” is confident and comfortable in his own skin, when clearly he is dressing as something he is notâ€¦.a WOMAN. This is not style, it is typical St. Marks crowd looking for shock value.
I love his gentle nature – which you have captured perfectly. (In fact, this is why I love The Sartorialist. You have an uncanny gift for capturing the essence – the inherent genius – of a person.) I love his sweetness and confidence and the no-fear fashion attitude…the flowers on his shirt, the white beaded bracelet, and the Gucci bag…priceless. I miss NY. You just don’t see this in LA – not even on Melrose or in Venice.
funny that almost nobody manages to go beyond the “stunning eyebrows” and maybe ask themselves why this man (actually teenage boy) prefers to dress and act as a woman. to me, this picture is not about fashion.
A kind of earless Minnie Mouse cosplay? Sorry I don’t get it, maybe this has not a lot to do with fashion. Then this Victoria Beckham way to carry a bag…. can’t understand it on males. Cute face and lovely skin anyway.
Absolutely beautiful! To me, that is what style is all about. Fashion is one thing, but syle… that is something completely different, and this gorgeous person is all style. Love love love. Thanks for brightening my day :D
I agree with Remy! There are some very uneducated, narrow-minded people on here. Also, you can’t label someone trans or “wanting to be a woman” based on their clothing. Clothing does not define gender at all. You can be a cis man who likes women’s clothes or a TRANS man who likes women’s clothes! It’s just fabric, has nothing to do with the mind or heart.
Wow, Sartorialist. Thank you for bringing me this image: this man has such inspiring and original personal style (akin to early ’90s John Galliano/the look at least reminds me of his playful, masc/fem hybrid aesthetic). Just because this photo is in many ways a foil to the more conservative/more pallatable/popular 2012 “mod revival” styles doesn’t mean it’s NOT fashion. In fact, it’s often individuals such as this one– doing the contrary of what is normally aesthetically accepted– that is the fashion revolutionary. They’re the ones who start the fads. Why? Because unlike spineless, fearful trend consumers, they have the balls to try something completely different and be ridiculed for it.
The comments on his “horrible” look and gender identity are offensive to many viewers of this site, including myself. Regardless of viewpoint, please be conscious of how your posts appear to other people in the blog community, particularly LGBTQ people and (more specifically) transgender folk. For me, it was an unpleasant and confusing experience to read other bloggers’ transphobic/homophobic comments.
i think people forget that your blog and photos are more than just about “fashion” or “style”… which is why i love it so much! it’s about individuality and clothes as an expression of one’s self, be it following the current trends or not. i totally get why you snapped his pic and admire you and the subject all the more for it.
awesome. because he breaks borders, transcends conventions, has fun with clothes and is not scared to do crazy things with his image. perhaps on a teenage girl the same selection would look weird, but he translates the narrative of the flowery pattern of his top, the pink hair band and his bag into who he is or may seem to be to each of us. ladies and gentlemen, this is what fashion should be about.
Scott, thank you for your hard work. I have been following but haven’t felt compelled to leave a comment until this shot. This one is beyond fashion, beyond media…So strong and yet soooo gentle. So true.
You hit a higher key.