I’m pretty suspicious of claims that “retro” styles are done “totally modern.” Thom Brown makes this claim as does Band of Outsiders. This gentleman (who looks fantastic!) certainly doesn’t have a retro haircut but everything about him is certainly pretty retro. I’m not so much deconstructing your critique as I am asking what excactly you find so modern about this. certainly not the moderately narrow lapels or the ray bans. As for the chain in lapel, Marcello Mastroianni wore one in “8 1/2″.
Well done! This looks really nice. I’m always pleasantly surprised to see Europeans wearing seersucker, as I always thought it was too American, too provincial (i.e. Southern). I like the flat-front trousers and horizontally-striped tie (knit tie?) on this gentleman, but I’m not so keen on the 3-button jacket.
Zachary, you asked what was modern about it, and I dont think its necessarily modern in the sense of having not been done before, but more modern in terms of aesthetic. Look at how much cuff he is showing, how tapered the jacket sleeves are, how crisp he manages to make a knit tie look, not to mention how meticulously the tie is tied (perfect length and line falls nicely on the knot). At least thats my two cents.
The patch breast pocket takes the suit to a whole other level – I see those on blazers but never on suits. It’s flashy in an understated way. I like the knit tie but its a tad too skinny (but still worth the risk).