I dunno, sart. i’m on the fence on this one. i like the idea. the execution is not quite right though. the pants are too long and i’m really not a fan of a suit this luxe with ratty sneakers(lanvin?). love the vest but don’t quite know how i feel about it with this suit because it makes the silhouette a bit awkward. i like the idea though.
The vest and the fur whatever-it-is over the suit is actually an interesting visual in long shot. I wonder is this arose out of practicality, so he could take off his warm gear once inside without removing his jacket and putting it back on? He loses me with the pants length- I think shorter pants would relate better to the lines of the vest, I guess as they are they contrast with it- this isn’t a look you can apply rules to, so whatever. I’ll stick with interesting.
Obviously not a starving painter, what with the Lanvin sneakers!!! This outfit brings me back to the reviews for Prada’s Spring ’09 collection, where so many items were so impractical (jackets that button up the back, anyone?) that fashion editors were dismissing the runway as a purely idealized vision of clothes to come. Well, here is one instance in which one of such garments is worn on the street, with a lot of style. Practical? Maybe not- if you need to cover your mouth/nose from the cold, you arguably need sleeves. But I think it brings us to a new level where an overcoat doesnt have to be the final word. Jorge from W Palm Beach
I agree with most so far……I like the idea but this actual expression of it isn’t doing it somehow…….the jacket is too big for the vest to look good and maybe the vest is also too short for the jacket……Also the trousers are definitely too long like everyone said……..but I’d like to see this again…….maybe with more of a shrunken jacket underneath……..and also I think i don’t like the colour of the suit which also puts me off. But its maybe one of those things that you dislike on first viewing and then the more you think about it the more you like it and of course eventually you end up doing it………….
Russians are fearless fashion animals, aren’t they? The unconventional layering mix-up instantly reminded me of Gaultier’s past collections; notably S/S 1993 and A/W 1993-94, where vests and tanktops were worn over double-breasted suits.
I love his style– the baggier fit of his pants suit his physique well. Love the mink muffler with its cowl. And the vest serves almost like a man’s version of a corset– or SWAT vest…
He’s the best I’ve seen thus far mixing of luxe, whimsy, and masculine style.
My favorite aspect of this shot is the shoe-to-car relationship: both loyal to the bitter end and well-loved by their respective owners. The look, however, leaves me wanting a better fit on the suit and a vest that at LEAST covers the jacket pockets, it’s a bit distracting.
I think I like the picture more than his style. His head sunk into the sweater, the old beat up car in the background, the hands in the pockets..and the old sneakers! LOVE this blog. Adding you to my blog list…
Yes, that "layered look". kind of like the 90's lng sleeve under the T-shirt. Could be done a bit better, but the idea is great. I did a shoot this past fall with a Paul & Shark Nylon vest over a sport jacket, cashmere sweater, and wool tie. Had a very English country look to it, but the nylon vest brought it to the city. This gent takes it a bit more fashion. And since everyone is doing pants with no break, this makes the contrast of the lux suit, fashion and casual simultaniously. I'm into it.
No. The suit doesn’t fit and squeezing that vest over it is just strange. Model Whiperer’s idea about Russian men is a fantasy that veers on the good side of bad. In fact, I don’t think most people in the rest of the “West” really understand Russians at all.
This outfit feels VERY forward…i was just staring at this picture, having to digest it; unable to in a single viewing, had to go back for seconds.
The winter vest thing…is almost uniquely practical, keeping the lower part of the face+neck warm, though not too bulky and removable once indoors. The suit's color & sparkle is daring to boot. Great catch! this is inspiring
This guy reminds me of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. He often wore expensive suits in the studio, barefoot. Of course he accidentally spilled paint on them. It was a style statement. It wasn’t meant to disrespect the clothes. Maybe it was to import sartorial style into the painterly lifestyle? Hmmmm . . .
i, too, am on he fence about this one. i very much agree with d-money (10.23am). I wonder how i would react if i saw him walking along the street? However, the proportions appeal to me – remembering your post a few days ago – so i can’t knock it.
i love this. i think it is innovative and fun. maybe b/c you say painter i give him some leeway or rather expect unconventional. but i love it. the tennis shoes balance the vest and make the suit a basic. love it.
What is this look doing? For me, I think it places emphasis on layering and drapery. There is something interesting happening with the fabric and that is because the fabric appears to be of such good quality. There is a weightiness to this look that is appealing. I think I would have to see a series of these men’s pieces before I could become adjusted to the proportions, though.
The more I look at this, the more I want a vest like his! Will you show more?
At first I thought this outfit was simply attrocious- however through some examination I find it simply intriguing. I love men who can add a piece of fur to their outfit without looking like a russian pimp. Well done Sart!