Thursday, March 29, 2007

On the Street…..Thom Browne Tux, West Village


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  1. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    I should have kept my Samsonite attache case instead of giving it to Goodwill eons ago. The metal frame is actually magnesium for lightness.

  2. blackbird

    March 29, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    It’s not that I don’t get it -
    I’m just not feeling it.

  3. Butch

    March 29, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    …Proving that one is never fully dressed without a sense of humor. Or at least a bit (or more) of facetiousness.

    A commentary on “dress-up,” no?

  4. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    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!

  5. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    There is a lot going on here, the hair and the glasses are great. I love it when people take fashion risks but I just can’t help thinking of early Jerry Lewis.

  6. The Sartorialist

    March 29, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    yes, he was on his way to a “black tie” event

  7. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    I think the half foot of cuff showing is somewhat excessive.

  8. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Hans…He works for Thom (used to be the specialtist at Bergdorf)so he wouldn’t have been out of place at the Tribeca studio/showroom/store.

  9. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    I admire Thom Browne. Unlike many of his “peers”, he is unwilling to compromise his integrity and vision as a designer.

    That being said, this unfortunate individual is proof that if the proportions of his suits aren’t PERFECT things can go drastically awry.

  10. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    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.

  11. Miss Stylologist

    March 29, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    My first reaction…WHOA! That’s all I have to say!

  12. NYC Modelista

    March 29, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Is he wearing a MULLET????

  13. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    it would take some serious guts to wear a thom browne tux with ankles as white as his

  14. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Oh my gosh mullet!? Awesome!

  15. fashionnerd

    March 30, 2007 at 12:34 am


  16. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 1:04 am

    that is hans…the cutest boy in NYC.
    he looks fantastic, like the artist he is.

  17. Ken

    March 30, 2007 at 1:28 am

    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.

  18. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 1:41 am

    Ya know, it takes true confidence to pull this look off. I think it’s groovy!

  19. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 3:07 am

    I find the man’s courage and humor admirable. With that said, in my eyes it’s totally Pee Wee Herman.

  20. jojo

    March 30, 2007 at 3:31 am

    chic in a John Waters kind of way

  21. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 5:48 am

    I like it, I think that he wears it with confidence and it fits his hair and personal style. Well done.

  22. sandman_gr

    March 30, 2007 at 7:06 am

    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)

  23. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 7:37 am

    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.

  24. whyioughtta

    March 30, 2007 at 7:50 am

    He totally owns it, so it works. Very “resigned cocktail waiter taking last call on the Titanic”–in a good way.

  25. Cut of cloth

    March 30, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Bless his cotton socks!
    Actually thats whats needed…

  26. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 11:34 am

    This would work really well at the highschool prom for the guy who wanted to make a statement as teenagers are wont to do.

    But once one grows up, this just ain’t cuttin’ it. Can you see Cary Grant wearing this? Or John Wayne getting his only Oscar? Or … (fill in the blank)? Nope.


  27. lee

    March 30, 2007 at 11:44 am

    i love it when someone can be daring! fashion is what it’s all about is individualism and identity. i love it when costume/fashion/individualism/creative design meet.

  28. irène

    March 30, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    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.

  29. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    If I wore my Grandfather’s suits , I would look like that

    of course , I’m 6’4″ and he was 5’8″ —– and my friends would say that I’m insane , but that’s just me , and that’s what makes fashion !!

  30. Stefan

    March 30, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    I’m a big fan of extravagant way of dressing, but I’m not keen on wearing runway combinations before 9 p.m.

  31. Mandy

    March 30, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    This guy looks fantastic. I love the unusual proportions, and his wicked hairstyle.

  32. vintagent

    March 30, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    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.

  33. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    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.

  34. iopine

    March 30, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Oh Boy!

  35. Karen Morgan

    April 1, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    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.

  36. B.Chau

    April 1, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    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.

    i just think it’s ridiculously brilliant.

  37. Anonymous

    April 1, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    The ensemble is chic in a macabre sort of way. I picture this character driving a hearse.

  38. Anonymous

    April 1, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    that nu-mullet actually sort of works for him…

  39. Adam

    April 2, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    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.

  40. Three Repute

    April 5, 2007 at 3:15 am

    there was a seinfeld where george was dressed very similar.

  41. Estime

    April 8, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    i think its a witty play on extremes

  42. Anonymous

    April 8, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    He looks like a Tim Burton character.

  43. Anonymous

    April 8, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Sexy! He looks like a singer for some cool 80′s new wave band. I think some socks would complete this look. However, if you’re a man with any extra weight, don’t try this look at home.

  44. Anonymous

    April 25, 2007 at 9:03 am

    I like Thom Browne, but this guy isn’t pulling it off.

  45. Sven

    December 31, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    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.

  46. Anonymous

    April 25, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    yeah, this look is the reason why i think half the people on this site are kidding themselves. really? this looks good? to whom?

    someone, please tell me why this looks good?


  47. Vanessa Morillas

    October 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    he washed his suit on hot watter?? hahahah!! just joking!


  48. borko

    December 23, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Not my style, but punky though.

  49. Pedro

    September 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    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.

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