Thursday, November 10, 2011

On the Street….Textured Black, Paris

To me, black is always more interesting when it’s texture on top of texture on top of texture.



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  1. Flying

    November 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Very cool

  2. JV

    November 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Everything about this is just perfect. I’d love to know who makes that leather jacket.

    • TokyoDame

      October 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      His name is Arashi Yanagawa, the designer of a Japanese brand called John Lawrence Sullivan. He is wearing JLS head to toe.

  3. Bohemian Style

    November 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I love his look and especially those speckled pants.

  4. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    November 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    There are definitely quite a few textures and shades of black there. He’s also wearing his leather jacket under his coat!

  5. Joseph Kent

    November 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Oh wow.

  6. A

    November 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    wow.This is so fine…

  7. Ophelia

    November 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  8. Bridgette

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    The different textures my this outfit stand out and not seem like a drab head to toe black outfit. It gives it life.

  9. Marie

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    rigtht fit, right silhouette, right accessories- to perfect for my own liking

  10. Bruna Marta

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I wish I could see more men dressed like this.
    In Brazil they’re all a little bit boring. What a waste!

  11. SoliuMcQueen

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Mmm yes, interesting outfit… Great trousers, by the way!

  12. Petra

    November 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Now this is cooooooolll!!!
    So stylish, LOVE his outfit!!!

  13. Whitney Soup

    November 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    i am blown away

  14. Leira Zetroc

    November 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I agree! A very subtle statement

  15. Emilie

    November 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    The textured wool perfectly offsets his edgy jacket– so on point!

  16. Kate

    November 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    ….on top of texture on top of texture on top of texture… :)


  17. gedankenlos

    November 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Yeah! Nice pants!

    G E D A N K E N L O S

  18. POW

    November 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I agree. I see too many all black ensembles in the winter and they can be quite depressing. Mixing it up with texture is great!

  19. lissa

    November 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Love the pants and the inner jacket!

  20. Style Croissant

    November 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    WOW so many textures, the outfit is really rich and sophisticated while being completely monochrome. That’s a real style lesson there !

  21. Alyssa

    November 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    TWO coats?! Double haute.

  22. maria

    November 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Absolute cool hair!

  23. O

    November 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I am not sure why, but love that he has the leather jacket under the wool coat. Something about the layering. I don´t seem to be able to put a finger on it. Maybe it´s because I can feel by looking at the outfit´s comfortable to have on, or something about the sensation of the wool coat sliding on the smooth leather when he moves.

  24. andrea

    November 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Love! Texture is how to make all black modern.

  25. rebecca@florencefinds

    November 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Thats an enormously strong look…

  26. Lauren (BestTrendz)

    November 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I agree, those all those textures of black make for a unique and interesting outfit. I love the speckled pants!


  27. Hogger & Co.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    So fantastic, on so many levels.

  28. Reptilia

    November 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Woww, love his loafers!! he is really cool!


  29. antique engagement rings

    November 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Such great style!

  30. Sally

    November 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This is so sleek… Love the tweed on tweed with different sizes in ‘pixels’ of fabric.

  31. The life after

    November 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    The fabric of the trousers is great. I think he did a great job with this outfit!

    The Life After

  32. flysongbird

    November 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    all those who say black on black can be boring or too safe don’t know how to play with textures.

  33. George Dunhill

    November 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    It’s incredible the way you can spice up a completely monochromatic look with a few different textures.

    Beautiful camera shot as well.

    - Ben T. for George Dunhill

  34. Tamera

    November 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    What a stylish man! Head to toe! I’m especially loving the trousers.

  35. john b pritchett

    November 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    This is an incredible ensemble. So many interesting things going on. He has great taste.

  36. Name*Love cake

    November 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I wonder how that outfit would look on a fifty five year old man?

  37. Irene

    November 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

  38. monkeyshines

    November 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    fun mix of elements!


  39. lintmag

    November 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Love those pants!

  40. Drew Whittam

    November 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    most definately a texturally reliant ensemble…it highlghts his fair complexion effortlessly.

    the most intirguing feature of this however (for me at the very least), is the use of angular shapes within the block textures. The sharp lapel of his coat, the embossing of the leather jacket, the bottom of his trousers being rolled up and the detailing of the shoes. It works very cohesively with his hairstyle, and the composition itself.

  41. Melissa

    November 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I love all how all the different texture work together to make this all black look more interesting

  42. gabriella sheffield

    November 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    it is always hard to match blacks, i guess this is the perfect solution

  43. Hannah

    November 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    love the different textures. it makes the outfit look so edgy!

  44. Devi

    November 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I love the all-black outfits of this guy.. the detail of the leather jacket is stunning.. and also his pants! suit him well! Blazer goes outside a leather jacket.. never thought of that but cool idea in this case. :) Texture on top of texture indeed.

    xx Devi

  45. Sara

    November 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    So beautiful! My ideal outfit of layered, textured black. I would wear this same look with slightly tighter pants.

  46. Harriet

    November 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    What a cool guy. This is the designer of the japanese brand JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN! He’s always wearing his own brand apart from those shoes I think.

  47. sar

    November 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    inspired. cant wait to experiment layering leather jacket under coat myself.
    Also, the length of his trousers is so perfect!

  48. my Style Canvas

    November 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Definitely true. The way he’s wearing all these different textures, they pass for different colors. Great outfit and I love how confident he looks in it.

  49. JL

    November 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm


  50. Lauren

    November 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wonderful layering and mix of textures.

    The Styleseer

  51. Bambi

    November 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Men In Black (Asian Edition)

  52. elle Quinn

    November 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Ah, I love this look! I wrote a post about how to wear all black without looking blah back in July. ( ) This guy nailed it!

  53. Marcel Da Chump

    November 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    The rolled-up trousers are key to unifying the proportions.
    Why?The coat, the jacket, the trousers and the socks.
    It’s a 4/4 beat of texture, so to speak.
    And the exposed socks add another descending gradient of texture.

  54. Sara Elia

    November 10, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Creative and refined. I never liked fussy/matte or speckled fabrics but I learn something new… compliment sleek/sheen and get a wonderful look!

  55. MasonSharpe

    November 11, 2011 at 12:21 am


  56. une chatte grise

    November 11, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I know texture is the point here, but I’d like this better with a classic motorcycle jacket. Still, I’m digging his creativity and flair!

  57. uyen

    November 11, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Amen. how ever said black was boring, love it!

  58. Pearl

    November 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

    This ensemble takes my breath away!

  59. daisuke

    November 11, 2011 at 4:51 am

    he is designer(John Lawrence Sullivan)

  60. (@Tokyofaces)

    November 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Indeed, very cool! Those pants really stand out, in a good way.

    Tokyo streetstyle:

  61. Monni Swizzle

    November 11, 2011 at 5:05 am

    So dashing, especially the trousers! ^^

  62. Rike@GlitterforBreakfast

    November 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I love the inner jacket. The textures are fantastic.

  63. Johnny

    November 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I hate the pants!!!

  64. CBC

    November 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

    very strong…..but the proportion is a little stiff..pant should be longer and wider

  65. J Umm

    November 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

    girls should take note and replicate.

  66. Mertxe Hernandez

    November 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Amazing and inspiring.

  67. Heidi

    November 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I want those pants!

  68. blomquist

    November 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    this Outfit is so amazing!
    I love every single piece!

  69. cheryl

    November 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I’d love to see this exact look on a woman….it is so subtle and exquisite, how could it not work?
    BTW, Sart, I think you are absolutely KILLING IT lately! Every photo seems to capture unique and true style, not just fashion.

  70. Frankie

    November 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Very Very cool. I like the layering.

  71. Jason P

    November 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Diggin’ the leather jacket.

  72. clarity enhanced diamonds

    November 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    The jacket is so sleek….a very cool look!

  73. carole

    November 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Wow!! I love all the different textures … just fantastic!

  74. Oscar

    November 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I really like this look. The mix of textures are very interesting. Love the shoes and trousers the most.


  75. skepticus

    November 11, 2011 at 11:56 pm


  76. E.M.

    November 12, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Un chic type! Et quelle présence!
    Un bel exemple de style personnel, juste et maîtrisé. Que ferait-on sans les Japonais?
    Vivement la prochaine histoire avec Arashi Yanagawa!

  77. Gerald

    November 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Texture makes the all black look so polished and rugged.

  78. Belinda

    November 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    That is so cool!

  79. The Foolish Aesthete

    November 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    That is definitely an interesting pile-up of textures — Variations on the Theme of Black. I do love the perforations and details on the leather jackets. There’s something a bit Edward Scissorhands about it (I’m still recovering from Halloween).

  80. Alisa

    November 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Wow- pants

  81. Name*

    November 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    love the look he layered several same black with different textures

  82. Name*

    November 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    The overcoat, pants, socks and shoes are fine, but that leather jacket is not working for me It commands too much attention on a look that, overall, should work on subtlety to impress. The jacket is just attention-getting and annoying.

  83. Liz S.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Some people just have it all down pat.

  84. Name*

    November 13, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Everyone is loving those trousers! Anybody have any idea who they’re by?

  85. KatiCleo

    November 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Really love the combination of the leather jacket under the overcoat. It combines two completely different styles in one, and I can pretty much say it excites me as an idea. The pants have a beautiful texture, and I would just love to go buy them for myself, which pretty much sounds weird, but oh, what can I do? I m not the type of person that wears a lot of black, I dont even have many clothes that are black, I prefer earthy and really bright and live colors, but this outfit, I just adore!

  86. Martine

    November 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

    LOve the jacket under the coat, and his pants. Good look.

  87. Annabelle

    November 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    What interesting layering! Really great.

  88. Mag

    November 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    10000% YES for melange! I love how it adds this laid-out look to a smart outfit! So cool!

  89. jas

    November 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  90. Knight of Clerieu

    November 14, 2011 at 5:42 am

    May be they are BASS WEEJUN’S shoes? Cliver item? Interesting effect with black socks.

  91. Marika

    November 16, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Superb lifestyle, very chic !

  92. Jonas

    November 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Arashi is always looking sharp! Fucking love this set and his brand John Lawrence Sullivan!

  93. Christine.R

    November 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I love how the speckled pattern from his coat is resonant in his pants! ;) Madly in love with the jacket! <3…I love when men pay attention to detail!! :)…LOVE THIS SITE!!!!

  94. Frank

    November 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Great outfit. Leather jacket a bit too sleek for my liking, but excellent comination nevertheless. Inspired me to try some new combination and bring new life to existing wardrobe items.
    Trousers are Dries van Noten I think, coat could be as well…

  95. kealani

    November 21, 2011 at 3:05 am

    yes. yes. yes. yes.

  96. Tati Lie

    December 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm


  97. TaeHyeon

    November 17, 2012 at 2:12 am

    OMG! I really love his outfit. I don’t know where he got those pants from but they are to die for. This is what I live for. Men taking risks and experimenting with fashion. A totally unique look can be created just by playing with the texture of the outfit. The leather top only strengthens the uniqueness of his look. I hope when I become older that this is what I will dress like!

  98. Vilborg HelgadĂłttir

    September 7, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I have very few black items in my wardrobe but I adore this look.

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