Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On the Street….Subtle Masterpiece, London

This is really a subtle masterpiece of pattern. Dots, stripes, a little sparkle in the scarf – so well done and yet almost under the radar.


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  1. Paco+Lupe

    September 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    HEY! I sewed a pair like that for a friend for the BALL EN BLANC party in Montreal. Cool!

  2. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Under the radar, or front door left ajar? Someone's (crazy) uncle is on the loose!

  3. Jacqueline

    September 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Wow, you gotta be brave to go out in this. Love the polka dots!

    check me out in Barcelona @ http://www.fashionsnag.com

  4. Suzanne Nelson

    September 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Wow. He looks great! For me it's something about the fabric of the coat; if it were say, velvet it would be completely over the top, as it is it's perfect.

  5. Charlie Rygg

    September 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    It all looks very intentional… Yet I still can't shake the feeling that he just doesn't know how to dress himself. Nothing about this look seems timeless to me.

  6. Bibi in wonderland

    September 22, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Wow, love the purple of the raincoat and the short harem pants are amazing.

  7. urbanmofo

    September 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Lurve his shoes… Gorgeous…

  8. garciamadrid

    September 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    shoes or sneakers for this pant

  9. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    This look is killer. Everyone who doesn't like it is plastic, and to those of you who even get that reference, be happy you do. There are far too few of you in the world. This man is a rogue and a visionary.

  10. pprisprispris

    September 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    it seeems so effortless for me to come out with sucha outfit. kudos.

  11. DirtWillie

    September 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Love Love Love

  12. MOD PAUL

    September 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Great shot but I'm not haven the shorts. However in the context of the photo they work quite well. Adds nice color and pattern to the pic.

  13. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I'm sorry you're stuff is always fabulous, but it looks like he wearing his very large friend's underwear!

  14. Mat

    September 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    what a cool jacket and very snazzy shoes indeed

  15. sofiasophie

    September 22, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    comme il est beau!

    yes this is a perfect exercice de style, made with brio and elegance…..

  16. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Wow, the dude's on the street in what look like pajama bottoms.

    Under the radar? Really?

    I like it, but it is not subtle to me.

  17. Just me

    September 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    funny :)

  18. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    this is subtle?


  19. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I'm thinking he must have some kind of zen instrumentation or communications device hanging down by his knees. otherwise, this is really really nice.

    but why, really, why chop the length of your legs in HALF?

  20. Marie El.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    my kind of guy!

  21. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    …isn't it a shame when they dress themselves…?

  22. margo

    September 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    don't love the pants – too costumey.

  23. Gil

    September 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I like it as luxe pajama/lounge look. The "pants" look like oversized silk boxers. As street wear it looks ridiculous.

  24. pete v

    September 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    nothing says subtle like polka dot pants.

  25. Jeannine 520

    September 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    It looks like he went out of the house in his pajamas and bathrobe or went into his closet blind-folded. I think it's an aesthetic disaster.

  26. Isabella

    September 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Anxious for the book signing in São Paulo!

  27. Questioner

    September 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Subtle?!? A purple raincoat, polka dot dhoti capri pants, a striped sweater and a blingy scarf? If you say so, Sart.

    Is there a rule about the crotch of your pants not hanging below the hem of your raincoat? It's like he's trying to send a not so subtle message, "I have an enormous . . ."

  28. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    comme des garcons for H&M?

  29. davidsl

    September 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    while i appreciate, i think, the pattern matching, i can't help but think that this outfit is nothing but a hot mess.

  30. Analytic Approach to Style

    September 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    not a fan. I really admire people who can mix & match different patterns, but this is not a good example to me.

  31. Suzanne

    September 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    he knows how to do it!!!
    thats awesome.. and purple, for this time of the year is like a countdown for newyears eve>!!!
    btw, in love with this new line:::

  32. spore

    September 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Unreal, the people that don't get it!

  33. Polly Farthing

    September 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    A wonderful mix of colour and texture. I love expressive looks. The coat and shoes are fantastic

    Polly x

  34. bARE-eYED sUN

    September 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    ugh! :-(

    'nuff said,


  35. -h

    September 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    he carries it well. and i like the purple trench a lot.

  36. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm


  37. Liz

    September 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Yeah, definitely under the radar. Never would have noticed him.

  38. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Subtle is definitely not the word. Perhaps sart is referring to how the interesting patterns and colors get utterly lost beneath the veritable shouting contest that the outfit is having with itself.

  39. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Yes, the pants are anything BUT "subtle"

  40. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    How are diaper pants under the rader?

  41. southerngentinL.A.

    September 22, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Dig all the colors and patterns. But, I don't dig the cut of the shorts. The shoes are awesome.

  42. Kevin

    September 22, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I've tried, I really have, but I absolutely cannot get behind the harem pant/drop crotch trend. Just awful.

    The mixing of patterns is a neat touch. I would dig this outfit if the shorts weren't harem-style. They just ruin it.

  43. Kat

    September 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I love everything about this. Subtle is in the attention to detail. Thanks Sart

  44. Holly

    September 22, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    He looks like he needed a cup of joe first thing that morning so he put on his coat scarf and shoes and ran out in search of one. Each piece of clothing is style…I bet he has an amazing wardrobe! The roomy drawers would make comfy sleep pjs. I like this guy, he makes me smile big!!!

  45. gonzo

    September 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Fantastically cool. Oozes imagination. Thank you Sart.

  46. hi-d

    September 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Interesting, but reminds me of MC Hammer pants, gone capri…

  47. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    The look is very Japanese, there are many looks in Japan that come across as awkward outside of Japan but are perfectly normal in Japan. Actually I like it but can understand if it comes across as different to anyone that hasn't seen anything similar to it before..

  48. UES boy

    September 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    This falls under the category of outfits which I highly admire but could never wear personally (though I hope to in another life!)…
    Really cool and funky. The purple raincoat makes him look like a wizard…..Given his Japanese roots (I'm assuming…) I'd say he has full authority to wear this wherever he likes!


  49. Fashion4Life

    September 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    it is subtle…although you can only really see the pants. and to be honest, i was focused on the jacket and the pants, not the patterns :D


  50. anastasiaashman

    September 23, 2009 at 5:31 am

    with the long satiny jacket, the skirt-pants and the tippy shoes he's clown-monk

  51. Claire

    September 23, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Drop crouch aside (they always look like the person has had a little 'accident' in their pants) I love this. I love him. Colours are great, shoes are great. it's just….great! And it makes me want to visit Japan even more now.


    September 23, 2009 at 11:42 am

    LOVE IT!



  53. Anonymous

    September 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    he reminds me of a young Yul Brynner starring in "The King & I" What wonderful eye contact and posture. He is fearless.

  54. Ghiblix2

    September 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I don't think that this is all that obscure to the point that it looks like he doesn't know how to dress himself…

    The patterns are bold, true. The purple cape thing is also very unusual but the overall look is very refined imo.

    One of the best things I've seen on this site. Amazing.

  55. opiumhouse

    September 24, 2009 at 2:41 am


  56. Blank Label

    September 24, 2009 at 6:46 am

    the purple coat is so much fun!
    i especially love the shoes though.

  57. y

    September 24, 2009 at 8:18 am

    The shooooooes! This reminds me of how much I need to get some two-tones & of how much I love them. I don't know about subtle either, but that doesn't detract from this one bit in my opinion. In fact, that pattern combination is quite amazing but definitely a bit too daring for my taste, mainly because I'd never get it that right …

  58. Anonymous

    September 24, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I'm never stuck for words, yet here we are…


  59. Anonymous

    September 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I. Love. It. Unlike a lot of the people on this site, this is true originality.

  60. Crosscurrents

    September 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Great look…understated but with a twist…you have a great eye for capturing the moment on film.

  61. Anonymous

    September 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Absolutely stunning.
    Tremendous sense of style.

  62. nica

    September 25, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    the pants are weird, but the overall look is so cool! outrageous.

  63. Anonymous

    September 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    thats cool – he is wearing my scarf…and doing it very well!

  64. coy colleen

    September 27, 2009 at 4:57 am

    makes me proud to be asian


  65. AKB

    October 2, 2009 at 6:10 am

    That's about as subtle as a Millwall brick.

  66. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    rockin' look! especially love the shoes.

  67. Workerbee76

    October 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    He looks like a super hero in pajamas.

  68. Anonymous

    October 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I love his get up.

    The harem is from Comme des Garcons – looks good on Asian men.

  69. Lena R

    October 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    This man must have huge kahonas to wear "Hammer" shorts.

  70. Delphine

    July 5, 2011 at 4:08 am

    The – in fact – almost under the radar-ness of this outfit makes it even more interesting. A true masterpiece for who knows how to appreciate the more subtle ways of life.

  71. lesblant

    December 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I dare him to wear this outfit in my hometown… Someone would probably call the local newspaper and be upset about aliens landing…

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