Sunday, September 30, 2007

On The Street………Gianpaolo of Al Bazar, Milan

One of my favorite guys in Milano.

This is an excellent example of how to wear brown and grey.

Both Gianpaolo and Lino always make a jacket seem young.


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  1. UES boy

    September 30, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Divine sense of color.

  2. Orchid & Wasp

    September 30, 2007 at 9:11 am

    I’m in love.

  3. Anonymous

    September 30, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Pretty bold, dude. Nice execution on what could be an easy-to-imagine disaster.


  4. Candid Cool

    September 30, 2007 at 9:32 am

    He looks smashing no doubt.

  5. ricpic

    September 30, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Dark brown jacket and black slacks? No.

    • Murray Pendergrass

      September 24, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Agreed, its fun to bend the rules but Im not sure Im on board with this.

  6. Lorenzo

    September 30, 2007 at 11:25 am

    That guy (working for one of the smallest and finest shop in Milan, in a small street in center, but difficult to find) is one of the best store clerck’s in Milan, and of course he’s very elegant.

    What i would like to notice is that when you go shop there, he or one of his collegues follows you and help you find ing what you need , without attitude and without leaving you alone for a single second..Not like the inefficient wannabe models at usa Ralph Lauren(the only good ones are in Tokio and again in Milan) or Bergdorf Goodman.

    So everyone who’s in love with sartorialis expression should experience in Milan: Al Bazaar, Bardelli or Doriani, to name just a few.

  7. Anonymous

    September 30, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    I don´t think that it is a good idea to mix brown and black together. Don´t find anything surprising in this picture.

  8. the dj

    September 30, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    On their own, the pants and the jacket rock. However, I’ve always been paralyzed by mixing brown and black so overtly. What is a good rule of thumb for brown and black?

  9. Asian Models Blogger

    September 30, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I love the cut and fit of the jacket, especially around the waist and hip. It makes him seem so lean and tall.

  10. Anonymous

    September 30, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    if you saw this guy in nyc it would look off but in milan, it just works… nice shot

  11. saudade

    September 30, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Anonymous said…
    if you saw this guy in nyc it would look off but in milan, it just works… nice shot

    I agree. I often feel this way about Tokyo. How strange, eh?

    Marvelous shot.

  12. Chris

    September 30, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t think I like it anywhere but from afar.

  13. Patricia De Silva

    September 30, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I was just wondering, do you take photos of people at night at all? It’s definitely a lot easier to take photos during the day since you’ve got more light but then again, there are ways to get around it. It’d be interesting to see how people dress themselves once the sun goes down. :)

  14. LostInTranslaton

    September 30, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    If it wasn’t was his background provided by you – I would think car sales man.. NTTAWWT..

    I’m sure the colour scheme (brown self stripe jacket, black panys, brown suede shoes) worls well under the Milanese industrial colour – but like previously mentioned by another poster this would get lost in translation under harsher lights..

  15. Butch

    September 30, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    The color combo is swell. Never a fan of windsor knots, but that’s my thang.

    But the stiff open cuffs–nyet.

  16. D. Kay

    September 30, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    I don’t dig the color combo so much. But I do like the way he left his cuffs unbuttoned. I do this sometimes myself to emphasize them.

  17. Kate

    October 1, 2007 at 1:20 am

    Omigod! Those Italian men! K Q:-)

  18. DeepBlueSea

    October 1, 2007 at 4:10 am

    The pale blue shirt really freshens the total look.

    But I would say the grey-brown is a tricky combo to pull off, not for the faint-hearted. Here, successfully tho.

    And people, check your display settings… those pants are dark grey, not black.

    And what a fit. Sheesh! Dapper dude…

  19. Alice Olive

    October 1, 2007 at 8:18 am

    Overall he looks great but I particularly love the tie.

  20. Anonymous

    October 1, 2007 at 11:22 am

    I like it. I’d certainly look twice (and a third time…and a fourth)if he passed me on the street.

    I think it’s true that this look might not fly in the U.S.A., simply because most American men are not risk takers in the clothing area. The black and brown combo is not “safe” enough.

  21. Anonymous

    October 1, 2007 at 11:32 am

    un italiano vero!

  22. Anonymous

    October 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned that he’s wearing a pinstripe jacket with plain trousers. I have never cared for that style, personally, and I think the mix of colors and fabrics here makes it seem very amateurish. He looks immensely rakish, but I just personally don’t care for the ensemble.

  23. marie

    October 1, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    L like the fit of his suit.

  24. Anonymous

    October 1, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Love, love, love. I need a man who can dress himself like that…mmm

  25. giuseppe timore

    October 3, 2007 at 12:34 am

    The guys in Milan seem to be really nailing down a particular thing lately, i.e.:

    -double breasted jacket with nipped waist and fairly wide lapels.

    -narrow pants

    -soft brown suede shoes

    -color schmes that shouldn’t match, but just do

    what are they dosing the water with over there anyway?
    he’s as sharp as a tack, and i doubt he’s even trying on this particular day.

  26. Violet

    October 3, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Nice look, but too much tie.

  27. Anonymous

    October 5, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    I find I like the cut of the jacket, but the trousers seem too casual for the pinstripe DBjacket, the grey causes even a more jarring contrast.I am not a big fan of suede buckled shoes with such a seemingly formal suit jacket. Unbuttoned cuffs? A tad too affected, it tries a little too hard, Milan or not.

  28. Paolo

    October 11, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Al Bazar It´s a beautiful shop. This summer I visited Spain, (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia). In Valencia there is the best store of Spain: “HANNOVER”. They sell the best makes: Loro Piana, Alden, Tod´s, Hackett, Brioni, La Martina… and they have a caracter maravillous!!!!

  29. Life is Game

    January 27, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Nice shot

  30. .dot.

    March 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    what else would you expect at Lino’s place…

  31. Gianluca

    October 6, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    The tie is wrong. You have to double-check closer to see its colour and shape.

  32. Tom

    December 23, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Though I am about 4 years late in adding to this, knowing both the gentleman well and being a longstanding client of the shop, I’d like to clarify. A) the jacket is a tone-on-tone, micro herringbone effect similar to solaro. I own several in different combos and they are extremely wearable with virtually any color trouser. B) the trousers are charcoal grey as Al Bazar does not sell ANY clothing in black, and C) GP is one of the most elegant gentleman I have ever known in all aspects of his life. So…once again judgement being passed without anyone knowing the facts. This is a fashion blog, so take it easy out there!

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