Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Vanity Fair January 2007

I saw this shot in the current Vanity Fair and thought he looked like such an original Brooks Brothers Sartorialist.

For those of you that thought American men would never wear Thom Browne, well, we already have. Look at how high the pant leg is on his shin. and look at how high the shirt cuff rides up his forearm.

I also thought it was interesting that his jacket sleeve only has two buttons.

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  1. Anonymous

    December 19, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    Two buttons on the sleeve used to be standard on most “American trad” jackets – Brooks Brothers, J. Press, and the now-defunct Chipp.

  2. Adam

    December 19, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    Yes! I looked at that picture several times yesterday. So Ivy leauge, so 60′s. The small tie knot. Love the blog.

  3. janvangogh

    December 19, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    I like the dimple in his chin.

  4. Anonymous

    December 19, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Re: Thom Browne. No. Refer to comments made on this very blog by Alan Flusser. ‘Nuff said.

  5. Anonymous

    December 19, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    Funny how they all kind of look like this in the early ’60s. I think he was an art director at Esquire?, but he could have been a banker, an engineer or a reporter. Now, it’s often easy to guess what someone does for a living or maybe not…

  6. Butch

    December 19, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    Close my eyes and it’s 1962. Not a bad year for men’s clothes, in fact, but so eclipsed–exploded, actually–by the sartorial late 60s and 70s that, well, for a long time its virtues couldn’t be seen.

    But they are many, and add up to a surprising sexiness, which was, of course, the thing people claimed the clothes totally lacked.

    The two buttons stand for the streamlined, pared down-edness of it all….Pretty sleek, no?

  7. Tamberk

    December 19, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    Who is this man?
    This photo really looks like it’s from the ’60′s
    Is the two button cuff a TB signature?

    • winston

      March 5, 2013 at 1:09 am

      george lois legendary ad man

  8. Anonymous

    December 19, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    gorgeous shot…

  9. Anonymous

    December 19, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    actually i think he looks good. that bit of flesh exposed by his shorter sleeve is sexy.

  10. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 1:41 am

    isn’t that bill blass? if it’s not, he’s the walking reincarnation…check it out
    http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/…/bill_blass.jpg

  11. Loy

    December 20, 2006 at 3:04 am

    That Thom Browne’s look was worn before is no surprise – I cite George Peppard’s wardrobe in ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ to be a prime example of the look he’s imitated, down to the cartigans, slim ties, short no-break pant hems, and 3-button suits with rollover lapels. Seriously, examine it! Michael Bastian owes a little to this movie, too. The look is not reinvented, just reinforced: we got it right in the JFK-half of the 60′s. Connery’s 007 merely simplified and perfected it, bespoke Savile Row-style, in ‘From Russia With Love.’

  12. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 5:30 am

    I love the way he’s sitting. Do you think the suit has anything to do with his confidence?

  13. _nm**

    December 20, 2006 at 5:45 am

    love the short pants, and that cuffs let everyone see his wirst.
    i do that al the time
    wearing vest that are a bit too short to show lots of cuff and my wirst when i bend my arm…
    it’s a good way to let people see your hands

    love this picture

  14. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 8:22 am

    Probably one of the buttons fell off and he never had it sewed back on.

  15. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 10:58 am

    The reason this looks like a 60s photo is that is is one.
    It’s George Lois, who created the classic 1960s Esquire covers, as well as the MTV logo and numerous other classics.
    Still, great suit. Better than Thom Browne could ever manage.

  16. Butch

    December 20, 2006 at 11:55 am

    Gotta say this has nothing to do with Thom Browne and his oeuvre, beyond the fact that both draw upon an evolving tradition.

    Thom’s doing a rather self-conscious riff; this is forever…

  17. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    Do you get a commission everytime a Thom Browne suit is sold?

  18. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    Bring back handsome men!

  19. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    Iagree with Butch on the TB issue. Thom is inspired by that period much as Galliano is inspired by any period. But he has injected his own signature in it and made it more extreme and modern

  20. Anonymous

    December 20, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    THIS is modern.

    It still looks great today, forty plus years later.

    TB stuff 40 years from now will look as dated as crushed velvet elephant bells.

  21. Anonymous

    December 23, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Could you tell me, who is the man in this photo?

  22. BV

    December 28, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    Correct — it is George Lois, an icon of Madison Avenue advertising and design, from the 60s through the 80s. (I worked for him in the ’80s.)
    The confidence is totally his persona — not from the suit.

  23. SFD

    January 3, 2007 at 7:11 am

    Mind the Eames chair with the shiny-thru-usage leather; surely adds to the man’s relaxed posture.

  24. T.W.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    That’s a good point, up to another point, about our having worn Thom Browne before. But, a closer look demonstrates, I think, an important difference between the fellow in this photo and today’s Thom Browne guy. These clothes flatter THE MAN, while folding into the background. We notice them by making an effort to notice how they allow the guy’s best features to emerge, seemingly effortlessly. While some men, in some circumstances, can wear Thom Browne in the same way, with most men, it’s the clothes themselves you see, then THE MAN. So what, you might say, but if we’re going to be able to afford to buy clothes, one way or another we have some kind of “client” (reader, viewer, shopper, investor, etc). Most clients want to believe that we are focused on them, not obsessed with how we look. When we dress for our “clients,” I think we want great clothes, carefully chosen, with a sense of joy and self confidence, to flatter our clients into thinking we’re focused on them, while still feeling great about how we look and feel. I appreciate Browne’s creativity, but few can really pull it off.

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