Rather tragic unless he’s on his way to a black tie function … if he goes to the office like this then i’m kind of speechless … Sometimes the fine line between ‘individuality’ & ‘costume’ can be crossed – not good!
What a delight to see him up here! This guy works with Thom Browne and sold me my Thom Tux (although my cuffs are a little less drastic). He is the kindest guy, and looks so great in these clothes. I especially love how his hair and glasses are pursuing an aesthetic project that almost lets the suit play second fiddle. The accessories are like a fantasia in some video arcade in 1982 but with that suit it looks knowingly chic. Thom Browne can so easily be worn as a schtick, or a fall-back into a pre-fab ideology of design, but this guy makes it authentic and sincere by doing it his way. He is just _rocking_ his own style.
I just don’t like it. The problem is, I’m so divided about Thom Browne. I feel conservative for saying that this just looks ridiculous, because I totally admire Browne’s drive to innovate, to change the way we look at the (American) suit. A part of me believes that he is a trailblazer who will be vindicated in 20 or 30 years, but another part of me just thinks that the whole look is silly. At the same time, there’s this great article in a recent issue of the Japanese magazine Brutus, which profiles Browne and has him discuss male suiting with Paul Smith. It’s an eye-opening perspective into Browne’s world, and does a little to penetrate into his design consciousness.
I’m with Ken in this, cannot make up my mind. I know I would not wear this (can you imagine hairy legs peeping out of the pants? LOL) but it does not look good on him either. Maybe 5 cm more length on both pants and jacket would still keep the short look while making it more suited (no pun intendet) to his figure. And the suffocating buttoning does contribute to the “the dead relative was 3 sizes smaller” syndrome (a greek saying for when someone is wearing clothes of smaller or bigger size than he/she should)
Is this to prove style or braveness? Seriously, that look turns Hans into a Haenschen, no man would seriously want that, or would he? On second look I’m alright with the wee jacket and the overlong cuffs. Trousers long in that context, please, and those shoes just look too old and sad for anything.
I am typically way into being creative/original with style, but this crosses that fine line into pretention/ridiculousness. It may be different if this was a moving picture with sound so I could feel this guy’s personality. In a photograph, however, his personality seems like a total poseur.
Buster Keaton… with a mullet! I cracked up when I saw this picture, which is clearly something this fellow is prepared for.
Having come of age as a punk, I’m appreciative of all kinds of transgressive attire. His costume is a very personal statement; placing them in a larger sartorial context is unfair, irrelevant, and misses the point.
TB’s designs are an interesting subject for debate, but I think this fellow has taken the Browne ball and run away with it.
I dunno. It’s a bit hard to tell where Thom Browne ends and Hans begins. I mean, he looks like he stepped out of the lookbook at the store. Since he actually works for Thom, I would expect him to look more “Thom Browne” than a customer would.
He reminds me of Eddie Izzard’s comedy bit about fashion and the fine line between looking cool and looking like a complete dickhead. Eddie says he walks that line himself, and I think this looks is right there with him.
I’m totally not on board here. Can anyone say Revenge of the Nerds minus the pocket protector? I’m not really sure why the fascination with Thom Browne has taken such a deep root. I mean really, would you want to show up at Per Se with your date looking like that? I’m pretty sure they’d tell him to go home and change.
thom browne makes me feel uncomfortable and inspired all at once. and thats why i love thom browne. it’s definitely humorous in this play of proportions ( for me, its the extended shirt cuff which seems to seeping out his jacket sleeve endlessly that really gets me cringing), but even in cringing only because of my ideal of perfect proportions, i love that TB is doing what he’s doing. it’s obviously stirred up opinions and discussions of his work in whether its ridiculous or brilliant.
Say what you will about the Thom aesthetic, it takes a talented person to make what amounts to classic menswear controversial enough to warrant 38 widely divided comments. Not for everybody but brilliant nonetheless.
I’m sure where he’s going, there will be a bunch of people dressed like him. He’s an industry person, and he wears what he sells. Would he fit with America’s political elite in some small political groupie? No. Would he fit in a fashion oriented black tie event? Certainly. It’s all about context and the people living in that contextual cubicle.
The purpose of dressing up is to pay consideration to those around us. I think the black tie event he’s going to would have a lot of people who will appreciate his audacity, with the assumption, that they would know who he is. If he were to come to “my” black tie party and dressed like, I’ll have the guard giving him a good spanking.
Ok, pretty awesome tux (I really like Thom Browne’s work, I have some suits of the brand and they are perfect) but c’monnnnn, this guy has really managed to make the suit look so awful and pointless. And by pointless I don’t mean that someone wearing a tux needs necessarily to resemble some kind of Humphrey Bogart or Cary Grant, or that they HAVE to be in an ultra-formal situation, but they just need to be a bit fixed up, pretty hair, shiny shoes and a nice, well cut shirt. You may call this style but, even if it is, I just find it ugly.