It works on some guys, perhaps? My cuffs than unbutton I just give them a little flip, just to be snobbish and show off the craftsmanship. I do wonder what we are going to think of Mr. West’s outfits in 5 years- I have commented on that before, and this outfit here confirms my suspicions. Jorge from W Palm Beach
i love this outfit on kanye west. super cool starry polo, pushed up sleeves, and the great retro watch..
though it is very much on the brink of “too much of a rich rapper type of style”, i really like the way he dresses himself in general. i think it’s very unique – neither grisly blingbling orgy (jay-z and co) nor most expensive wins (pharrell).
why not jump on the original miami vice motorboat, kanye, you would make it sparkle again! :)
and sart, it’s definitely time to push up the sleeves (in case you were wondering)
Pushed-up sleeves on both shirts and especially blazers/jacket have been quite a hit since Julianne Moore did it at Cannes this year. Since Moore crunched the sleeves of her blazer over an elegant dress, Anne Hathaway and Ashley Olsen have also also followed suit. It’s great to see that this style is perfect for both men and women.
It’s rather chic but the push-up gives off a more casual effect.
I love this look, most people couldn’t pull it off but I think it is great. Someone was giving the polo a hard time but to me that is what really makes the outfit unique and that is what fashion is really about right? Also the pocket square is a great touch.
Pulled up sleeve definitely a catalyst to show personality, it bring up quirkiness for the youngish type (imagine trucker hat/ wayfarer shade), but it will express the coolness/confident for the mature typed.
It work if you have the ball.
Kayne is sporting a repro of early 90s Casio G-Shock..
The picture of Mr Vukmirovic convinces me pushed up sleeves can work – when it is part of a whole look. the smooth curves of his jacket, the scarf, the pants with sockless shoes are wonderful, the pushed up sleeves look natural and modern. this is one of my favourite photos of recent weeks – how many men can look that good and as if they’re not even thinking about it?
Both outfits are stylish, but completely different in style, one is classier and the other one is more of a rapper tipe “over-the-top”. I personally prefer the first one and would never wear the second one but it is simply a matter of choice, personality and knowing oneself. One must always keep in mind that true style is never about fashion but about being truthful to one’s essence.
i would agree with an above commenter- i would imagine you would either have to wear the sleeves pushed up all day or have an awesome material to keep from wrinkling. regardless, i think it’s a wonderful little idea. and Kanye West is easily the best dressed male celebrity icon i have seen in years.
I’ve been following Kanye since his introduction to the hip hop game… he has been wearing his sleeves up on blazers and sportcoats for a while now.. even on the occaissonal leather jacket. Very M.J circa 1988
i had to laugh just a little at the notion that somehow, a low cut tshirt, short pants, and a blingy gold watch are actually classier than a polo with blue stars in it. I think they are both examples of playful outfits that work well. i like that kanye’s seems like an interesting take on americana.
Mr. Vukmirovic is perfection. Such a great sense of style: Conservative colors worn in a most unconventional way– the gray cropped pants worn with the navy shawl-collared cropped blazer and sockless capped-toe oxfords results in a strong and brillaint silhouette. And the perfection of this man’s style doesn’t stop there; the gray vest (or wide-necked tee) and skinny scarf are such beautiful substitutes for a shirt and tie. His look is masculine, strong, unconventionally classic, effortlessly chic, and most importantly, never fussy. Pure, unadulterated style.
Milan can do no wrong in my book, seems to be following in the footsteps on Tom Ford. As for Ye’ the look is sharp but a little boring, and imho there’s nothing in his look that references hiphop “bling”. Note: I believe the watch is a Bape/G-Shock collaboration.
what i find oh so humorous is when we have an artist which Kanye is, they are still naysayers that tend to disrespect the culture of hip hop and the culture of black america. Oddly enough, many things considered cool stem from black culture and or the hip hop culture and many european designers run with it and it then it is embraced by major media. Can someone say BAPE? I love Kanye and Jay- z and Phareel fro all their flash and in your face stunna from the gutta looks! It can’t be done by anyone else!
Milan is a mix of fashionable, hot and sexy man. Kanye looks fabolous wearing those blue stars. His polo is kind of chanel S/S collection alternative and his sun glasses makes him look extreamely hot. -2 hot words in this message, I guess I am the male version of Samantha Jones, the Sex and the City star-
rolled up sleeves have been a personal favorite for a long time, especially with stuff that has a militaristic/uniform tinge to it (safari/flak jackets, shirts with shoulder straps, some sports coats etc). it looks ‘active’.
Love his style….someone commented at 10:18 “too much of a rich rapper type of style” …not true, he INVENTED that rich rapper guys style.
what him and Pharrell are doing lately, as well as what Louie Vuitton and Takashi Murikami are doing with their new monogramouflage is exactly what the fashion world needs. A nice combination of street cotour and high end design. Kanye’s killin it with the Bathing Ape polo and G-Shock paired up with the nice, summer suit look.
I like both gentlemen’s outfits but I have to disagree with some of the comments here. Mr. West’s outfit is very atypical of most rappers. They tend to stay in oversized shirts and pants most of the time. Except for a select few, Mr. West included, most rappers don’t have a whole lot of variety.
Wow! I love what Kanye’s wearing! I love the fact that his t-shirt is the same color as his pushed up jacket. Very cool indeed.. I like the combination of a polo and a jacket, casual yet chic.. And the white pants and watch make his outfit look perfect for summer..
It’s got to be because I’m seasoned, cuz haters give me them salty looks. Lawry’s.
I think people criticize Kanye because he’s so cocky. It’s a sharp outfit and he knows he looks good. I agree with the earlier commenter, a different colored jacket would’ve made it pop, maybe navy. His preppy style doesn’t clash with the rapper thing. Andre 3000 pulled those looks off (Farnsworth dressed him of course, but he’s a stylist not a rapper).
if kanye had a polo w/o the BAPE stars one would call the look rather conservative, so please stop calling it bling or hip-hop etc. the man likes to add a little flair to the preppy look…he didn’t grow up in Greenwich, CT.
We seem to be stuck in a late 80′s ironic re-hash these days. I for one thought it was ugly then, and I find it even uglier in its current euro-hipster, “i’m cooler than you because my clothes are ugly on purpose” second coming.
I do like Kanye, though. I always thought he was cool.
I usually don’t think Mr. West always looks that fashionably amazing, but he is looking so fine here! His ensemble is so well put together. How he can make a polo with stars look so classy, I will never know!
I CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT get into this pushed-up sleeves business. It just irks me. Something about the proportions, perhaps. It’s too studied and deliberate. It smacks of a lack of authenticity or originality.
Milan Vukmirovic most definitley takes the cake here. He looks so comfortable and “sexy” in his attire! Kanye’s outfit just looks silly to me. I would rather see him in a more “grown up” outfit. The “toy” watch and the star shirt ruin it for me. Of course he is hansome no matter what he puts on. Both men as obviously enjoying fashion which is a good thing.
The pushed up sleeve trend has come with the return of the 80′s in the last few years. It was shown on Donna Karen’s runway on 04′/05′ as well as many others, and is now a common look for fashion-consious people.
Fashion is a form of self-expression. I think both of these gentleman look amazing. Suited to their own style- thier own look- and their own interpretation of the trends.
Love it. Milan looks very sexy/cool. And as a fellow child of the 80′s- I’ve always been a fan of Kanye’s style. Love how he breaks the mold- and mixes it up into a new innovative look that suits him perfectly.
The pushed up sleeve thing is something that has come with the return of the 80′s in the laste few years. It was shown on the Donna Karen runways in 04′/05′, and is now a common look for the fashion-consious.
I think both of these gentleman look amazing. Fashion is a form of self expression. And both of them are dressed in thier own unique style, interpreting the trend in thier own unique way.
I love it. Milan looks sexy/cool. And as a fellow child of the 80′s, I’ve always been a fan of Kanye’s style. He doesn;t fit into a mold- he mixes it up into his own innovative look.
about 2 years ago the homeless, ivy-educated, schizophrenic man-about-town, with whom i keep occasional conversation, started wearing natty ’50s sport coats and pushing up the sleeves. he looked dope (and i told him that). he’s always been a bit of a trend setter, as i’ve often advised friends to record his style. nice work, bill. kanye owes you.
Kanye West is a label whore. Yeah, I said it. Nothing he wears looks good, it’s all about the elitist appeal of designer fashion. And it rarely ever works.
Very disappointed at seeing him on The Sartorialist. Hoping this wasn’t some ploy by Kanye’s people to further brand him as a “fashion icon.” It’s bad enough he’s already in your face in those stupid Absolut subway ads…
Love both looks – Milan’s is maybe more relaxed and without artifice, however Kanye’s more studied look has the red kerchief in the breast pocket. Only one comment on the colour in the whole 84 comments but if you take that itsy bit of colour the ensemble would collapse. Does anyone agree?
In response to Anon 2:52 I very much disagree with you. First of all BAPE doesn’t “belong” to hip hop or black culture because it’s strictly Japanese. Celebrities such as Pharrell and Kanye adopted the look and mainstreamed it in the U.S. so they’re kinda style biters. As nice as they dress they look to the far east for inspiration as well as many of your European designers. Sorry. . .
In response to katie who called out Kanye as a “label whore… Nothing he wears looks good, it’s all about the elitist appeal of designer fashion.” You are so right on Katie: Kanye is a talented artist who obviously loves fashion, but his arrogance and constant reminder to everyone that he’s the “Louis Vuitton Don” in designer labels does not make him a stylish individual or fashion icon– just a label whore.
For stylish individuals, look no further than the pic of the gentleman shown right above Kanye, or the pics of the chic lady right below him…
mr.vulmimicvk looks amazing he is naturally stylish and chic. Ive been following Kanye for a while and i have to say that he really tries too hard. This look on him is not all that cool. He is definitely trying to stand out too much
Good comment Hermesheels. I honestly haven’t the faintest idea who these people are, and am amazed that the rest of you seem to know them. As far as I’m concerned they’re just people on the street, and that’s what I based my comments on. Please don’t wake me up.
Kanye is a punk. Unfortunately I wish more African American men emulated his style – because he has a great eye for fashion. No baggy pants and big shirts for this man – he dresses to impress. Love love love the white pants.
blazer is fab and love the square….belt is lovely also… I do feel Mr kanye is trying tooooooHARD… he doesnt fool anyone… this isnt him. those glasses are absurd.not for him. he seems to be borrowing images and style without creating it for himself… im sorry, it doesnt do it for me at all.
Milan’s ensemble is wonderful. The abysmally blue jacket with svelte lapels. Although it appears to be too warm for summer he cools it down with the v-necked top, rolled sleeves, and almost too short slacks.
Kanye’s outfit is a mixed bag. It is a smart melange of styles but the polo shirt does not work. The pattern and material mentally queues Old Navy five dollar special. And how it matches the jacket is not inspired. Love the jacket however especially with the bright pocket accent and rolled sleeves.
To all the people who are focusing on who he is, that is not why The Sartorialist put him up there. Judge him for his style like all the other people, this is what this website is about! Whether he’s Kanye West or a regular man, he sure does have an amazing elegant sense of style and this is what matters!
I don’t like Milan’s casual look…everything seems to work around the collarless shirt. Maybe it would’ve looked nicer without the scarf, but then the outfit would’ve been articles of clothing just thrown together. The shades are all too dark for me. Perhaps if the scarf was a different tone?
And I love Kanye and his sense of style. His outfit here is great, but I cannot help but dislike his shirt. The star pattern seems far too gaudy.
In anycase, both men are wearing absolutely orgasmic sunglasses. And the cocky downturned, lips are too much to handle. Whether I like the outfits or not, they both look amazing. Kudos to them for being able to carry their fashions so confidently. That is the most difficult and most important feat.
The problem with putting celebrities on this blog is that people have predisposed notions of “who this person is” and can not take the outfit at face value. I take the fact that this is Kanye West, I put it to the side and ask myself “why did the sartorialist put him here? And from there, I formulate my opinion. That said, this look shows a lot of thought. The stars keep it playful. I too have issues with the double grey, and I considered whether I’d prefer a white polo with stars…then I realize it’s not the 4th of July and that would look silly. Even ON the 4th of July, that would look silly. No, this is the best option for what it is.
It’s funny to me that the people who “despise” Mr. West so much know more about him and his outfit than those who think he’s a breath of fresh air. I guess haters love to study what they don’t understand…
Anyway, IMO, Mr. Vukmirovic’s look comes off a bit studied. I know he’s a tastemaker and whatnot, but so much of his outfit is an “of the day” reference as far as men’s fashion that he looks as if he’s a trend report illustration instead of a macaroni. One of those statement pieces removed and he’d look amazing. Who ever gets anything 100% right anyway?
Also, comparing the two looks, I’d say Mr. West’s look is far more natural in his case. I imagine him just picking that straight out of his wardrobe in the swank boutique hotel he’s staying in and gliding straight out to the shows. Almost no thought put into it because he’s been thinking about it since before he got on the plane.