This fellow has much ELAN (flair)–does not matter what this man has on–its all about how he wears it. The hat for comfort; the jacket–the same–but adds some color that pulls in the scarf. The jacket and slack are climate correct but add much civility to this gent's look. Makes you wonder what was on his mind as he got dressed for this morning. But really–literally and figuratively–were the lights on?
I love this. He wears it with such elan. The jacket is so classic and sophisticated and elevates the whole outfit. He seems to have an amazing pin on his hat which matches as well! This fellow has a real sense of style.
This shot epitomizes the fact that the core of style comes from with in. A Chicago Bears jacket under a navy blue blazer? Come now, most would look like WTF!? But this dashing young brother makes it look "easy like a Sunday morning."
I too think a different direction with the head gear would have been more effective.
I love that he's handsome and does not play it safe. The hat's angle is perfect, suggesting a fez or crown. And the red wouldn't work (I don't think) without the orange setting it up from below. I enjoy seeing this perfect navy DB toyed with, and yet respected as a great piece.
I love the shape the hat takes… I have no idea of the actaully shape of the hat, it is slightly odd, but his confidence makes the hat work with the entire ensemble…. but those eyes light up the picture!!!
DONE! wool trousers, a late 70s Starter jacket, the Ghanan print cloth. colortheory, color choice. international, domestic = fashion of the African diaspora! I don't know where he's from but I love the way he represents!
love this, gorgeous man, and i particularly love the way he carries it. you can tell this is his own look. the colors are fantastic, and are toned down with the khaki pants. would love to see more of him!
I love looking at him and I can hardly wait to read the comments. I think he's given us new tools to play with. Who thinks of shaping a sweater cap like that? The layering is geniusly inventive. The colors work. A+.
He's cute. Like his outfit too – sort of has an old world charm about it. I also like how he sports his "bling" in the picture (on hand). I'd love to follow you around, to see how people react when you ask to take their portrait……
How is this man "gangsta" in any way shape or form? Are we looking at the same photograph?
Anyway . . .
I was wondering, Scott: What'd the button he has pinned on his hat say? Do you remember? I just wonder if the button provided a curiously succinct caption to his entire ensemble or to his mood that day, especially since he seems to know how to pick his accessories.
Great shot, Scott. It conveys one of the most interesting, complex looks you've posted here. This young man's layering tells a lot about who is. Other commenters already pointed to the blazer and jacket symbolism, to the scarf printing, and I don't believe the red hat is random either: it's just a guess, but I think he is wearing it to pay tribute to his 'balanta' ancestors, an ancient ethnic group from Western Africa.
I am too intrigued by his fashion genius. I keep returning to this pic and the comments for the following: The ring, the little bracelets peaking out, his swag, the comments about his dress being the personification of the African diaspora. Your blog is a unique art form. Sigh, to know and love this man.
I just got back Kenya and what I love about the Samburu tribesmen is that they're the ones who wear the beaded bracelets and necklaces. The men wear beautiful colors up against their dark skin and it looks gorgeous, not effeminiate at all.
I think this young man pulls off the same effect with the simple but artful use of scarves.
I have to assume he's a model–people this gorgeous don't just wander around New York undiscovered. Anyway, I love the global styling of this outfit. He could be anywhere, Nairobi, London, Harvard Yard. He looks like an African prince on his way to a cricket match, or perhaps a grad student waiting for his date. Change out the baseball jacket and the scarf for a Brooks Brothers shirt and an Hermes tie and he's ready for a Wall Street power meeting. I love the hat and the jaunty angle of it. Wouldn't change a thing. I'm sufficiently charmed.