This page has moved to our new address, If you're not redirected within a few seconds, please click below. If you still have issues, please clear your cache and try again.

On the Street....Black on White, Japan


Rss Feed


Assignment Photography and Syndication



This entire site ⓒ 2005-2011 The Sartorialist. All of the photographs herein, unless otherwise noted, are copyrighted by the photographer. No part of this site, or any of the content contained herein, may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without express permission of the copyright holder(s).


Thursday, June 03, 2010

On the Street....Black on White, Japan

Comments on "On the Street....Black on White, Japan"


Blogger Ivan said ... (11:53 AM) : 

Cool and relax...


Blogger Ariane said ... (11:53 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:55 AM) : 

From his waist down there is a matching pair of shoes, a matching pair of legs and a matching pair of shirt tails, perfect symmetry! Great natural light too x


Blogger Tiffany S. said ... (12:01 PM) : 

such crazy harem pants!
it suits him though...



Blogger Fashionista- I am your fashion mannequin said ... (12:01 PM) : 

love it!


Blogger Creme de la Femme said ... (12:02 PM) : 



Blogger JavierGandara said ... (12:05 PM) : 

He rocks


Blogger Nicholas said ... (12:10 PM) : 

his hat is perfect x


Blogger the F word said ... (12:13 PM) : 

them trousers are awesome the whole makes him lok abit short though. i still love it

Roman @


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:33 PM) : 

Superb execution of patterns and proportions.


Blogger Tanner Williams said ... (12:33 PM) : 

his skin tone is so interesting. it makes the clothing just that much more sophisticated but playful. love this


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:38 PM) : 

I like the colors and the concept, still hate the proportions.


Blogger the style crusader said ... (12:40 PM) : 

there is such a bizarre combination of elements going on here... so wrong yet so very very right. goes to show having a bit of confidence in your stance (and keeping things crisp - the shirt i mean) goes a long ways. very offbeat. xx


Blogger Alex Ingram said ... (12:42 PM) : 

definetly works on him.. the hat sets it off.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:44 PM) : 

I really don't like the look... He's just not my type of character.


Blogger o'dary ▼ tvoronovich said ... (12:48 PM) : 



Anonymous Takeru said ... (12:53 PM) : 

Nice styling!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:54 PM) : 

cool,, u have a nice blog
greeting from stockholm


Anonymous Chilli said ... (12:57 PM) : 

interesting clownish outfit.. hat doesn't fit though


Blogger Mikey McFly™ said ... (1:05 PM) : 

Nike for the win


Blogger Fly said ... (1:10 PM) : 

he looks a little bit stange for me... but his outfit is interesting :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:10 PM) : 

Black in Summer.. how bizarre


Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (1:21 PM) : 

I love black/white but this image reminds me Weege's photos with people in pajamas out of their houses in flames.


Blogger Jennie Nhi Nguyen said ... (1:32 PM) : 

looovee it!



Blogger THESTREETFASHION5XPRO said ... (1:40 PM) : 

very very cool!!! are incredible


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 PM) : 

Striking fellow and I like everything except for the shirt tails and them pants.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:36 PM) : 

I don't like the pants, they look strange next to the shirt tails. And they end at an odd place on his leg, this looks slightly diaperish. I like the running shoes and the shirt and black sweater though, kudos for trying something so different.


Blogger célia silva said ... (2:37 PM) : 

i think this is funny, but not elegant!


Blogger eric said ... (3:05 PM) : 

the top part is great, the lower part is interesting but not for me at least. That also makes him shorter as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:12 PM) : 

I wonder how long it took him to come up with that outfit? I just don't care for the overly-contrived look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:32 PM) : 

YooHoo - Boy George wants his outfit back!

Sorry - normally I love everything about your blog, but this outfit....moves me to sarcasm....


Blogger Rachel Ann said ... (3:38 PM) : 

I am LOVING your blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:01 PM) : 

Fashion is also about context. What in an other place would be completely unfashionable suddenly makes sense when seen in for example Japan or Italy - same thing with the controversy about blazer, blue shirt and shorts: it totally works in its context, thumbs up for this great combo. Did travel a lot and always took care what to pack depending on the destination...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:14 PM) : 

Gotta give it to the Japanese: they know how to re-invent clothes-matching.

You go to Milan for tradition and to Tokyo for creativity...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:23 PM) : 

comme des garçons, yohji et nike. cool.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:36 PM) : 

Not boring at all!


Blogger the eternal worrier is: said ... (5:07 PM) : 

I'm not sure about that hat!


Blogger A(squared) + M said ... (5:19 PM) : 

black and white never fails


Blogger Mo said ... (5:36 PM) : 

rad pants!


Blogger agnes szucs said ... (5:37 PM) : 

this is a favourit!
i relly like B/W nowadays.
and dots are my weekness, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:52 PM) : 

Would it be impossible to declare a global BAN on those Air Jordan-type sneakers?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:14 PM) : 

Nice! Who makes the shoes?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:17 PM) : 



Anonymous edinamonsoon said ... (6:26 PM) : 

Love the proportions, color and silhouette. I'm also loving the hat with this look. On the other hand, the pattern on the harem pants, aren't getting the same love.


Anonymous Isabel said ... (6:29 PM) : 

You have great taste in mens clothes! Fabulous job!! :) One of my new favs. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. Keep shining!
(that's my blogosphere ;D)
Have a lovely rest of your day,


Anonymous seaborgium said ... (6:33 PM) : 

one of the best looks since weeks!
I wish we see more of this and less of booted and suited Italians


Blogger Liz S said ... (6:36 PM) : 

Well, I want to like it but somehow it doesn't gel with me--maybe too clown like--but I love the colours and patterns.
The angle of the photo from down below makes for the short legs/oversize upper body to look more pronounced.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:42 PM) : 

everything looks perfect, except for the outfit should only be worn by tall people. It only makes him even shorter. Failed.


Blogger Henri said ... (6:45 PM) : 

I can't believe people actually walk around on the street like this. This man is wonderfully eccentric!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:56 PM) : 

How kooky- but he makes it work somehow with the more sober top half balancing out the pants/shirttails

I love the symmetry of his pose but I would have liked to see this in motion too see whether he looks cool or ridiculous walking down the street!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:56 PM) : 

the shoes!! cool


Blogger amy said ... (7:11 PM) : 



Anonymous Tiffany said ... (7:16 PM) : 

One can never go wrong with black and white =)

Free Credit Score


Blogger Carol said ... (7:30 PM) : 

A great send-up of Western fashion---even the westernization of the dhoti-like pants.


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (7:38 PM) : 

Love the polka dots and sneakers.


Blogger Criteriamour said ... (7:40 PM) : 

I'm not sure if I love it or hate it.


Anonymous LA Film Actress said ... (8:16 PM) : 

Interesting photo. The Japanese have a great way of playing with proportion, line, and pattern, and you see all of that here. This would be a great companion piece for your photo of a month or so ago of the two Japanese men in the contrasting black and white kimonos. That was one of my favorite photos of yours. Keep up the great work!

BTW - Check out my new site where we cover fashion, film, music, and pop culture:


Blogger SaraKateSwan said ... (8:29 PM) : 

I absolutely love the shape of the shirt hanging down under the jumper. He must be sweltering though :)


Blogger Liya said ... (9:02 PM) : 

those pants are daring!


Blogger kathrynnova said ... (9:05 PM) : 

i really enjoy his hat and his fearlessness. there are not too many men wearing harem pants, let alone with polka-dots.

but the hat is my favorite and in fact i covet it!


Anonymous mabelmabel said ... (9:28 PM) : 

This outfit is fun to look at.Thanks!

The big, simple shapes feel sharp, fresh, the two shirt-tails pristine as a cotton sheet on a clothesline.

Who cares if it "looks good" on him? That seems beside the point, to me.


Blogger Yoli said ... (9:28 PM) : 

Ah...No,no, no.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:40 PM) : 

his eyebrows are bleached.


Anonymous princess glee said ... (10:11 PM) : 

No, too too.


Blogger FlashFash said ... (10:19 PM) : 

Japanese always have their way of mixing print and a piece of clothing with unusual cutting.


Blogger Jane said ... (10:55 PM) : 

MM, it looked great until I scrolled down to those hairy white calves. ;-)


Blogger Vinda Sonata said ... (11:03 PM) : 

i love the idea of the outfit itself, although the clothes kinda make him look way fatter than he should be. otherwise, fab photo!!!


Blogger Linda said ... (11:20 PM) : 

he looks so.... comme des garcon.
It was the first thing that popped into my mind. I don't know how else to describe this lovely photograph.
I like his hat. :)


Blogger Marie said ... (11:20 PM) : 

This photo makes me deliriously happy. God, that silhouette is just so awesome. I mean, I'd never replicate the look, but I'd probably stop the guy in the street and tell him how great he is.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 PM) : 

.... This is awful.


Blogger said ... (12:10 AM) : 

I LOVE this. I was in Tokyo last October and the style factor on the streets was extremely inspiring. :)


Blogger Danny said ... (12:22 AM) : 

I love japanese streets style


Blogger The Friday Knight said ... (1:42 AM) : 

His feet are positioned perfectly- for nike's product placement pleasure!


Blogger Kate Rose said ... (1:50 AM) : 

god, it's just so COOL the way Japanese peeps play with proportions! This seems like a theme running through many Japanese streetstle looks, and I lurv it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 AM) : 

Love the symmetry, tonality and the most inventive use of what looks like an antique formal shirt, judging by its extra long tails and collarlessness.

Somehow this seems despite its eccentricity to be a 'typically' Japanese male approach to modern dressing - can anyone define?


Blogger エスタ said ... (4:01 AM) : 

like it! and have been looking for inspiration for my harem pants, shall try layering them .... ; ) thanks x


Anonymous Simon said ... (4:06 AM) : 

I love it! MUCH prefer seeing these eccentric types to the more orthodox stylish (like the guy below) who tend to look a bit goody-two-shoes to me. Also enjoy how this provokes a wider spectrum of comments.

Vive la difference!

(Especially digging the hat and the facial hair.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:49 AM) : 

it looks like he got no clothes in his size. The whole thing makes him unproportional.


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (5:32 AM) : 

amazing look! love the hat so much! wow!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:35 AM) : 

So "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me".


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:10 AM) : 

Love your blog! Follow you! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:29 AM) : 

he looks like a bad fashion clown!!!!!
I cant understand the statments, this is a great example of our currently World Fashion. Everyone do what he want.

Miss the 50s, with the Man in suits!!!!


Blogger Fashion Victim said ... (6:45 AM) : 

I love your blog and your pictures!!!

Kiss Kiss


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:08 AM) : 

It's definitely not a slimming look, but there are some great things going on--a large plane of solid black, a smaller plane of solid white, and two patterns of different scales--a small and a large--in the pants and shoes.

His look is all about the different types of contrast he's using. Introducing another strong color into it might have been too jarring, but the subtle cream of his hat is just enough to offer some relief from the rest of his outfit. You'll notice that nowhere do two same-ish colors engage each other--I think this might be why he's left the shirt untucked.


Blogger Ninka said ... (7:30 AM) : 

I like, but whithout nike and socks


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:39 AM) : 

I dislike seeing grown men dressing like little kids. I see this all around my neighborhood in the summer. It's quite disconcerting. And there many of them are, in their mid-thirties, out in traffic on skateboards, setting a fine example for the real kids.


Blogger sherna said ... (8:14 AM) : 

you travel everywhere; everywhere but new zealand


Blogger Signe said ... (8:23 AM) : 

Interesting layering, which is also usually fairly cool in summer (why haven't I thought of that, instead of sticking to one color only?), black and white almost always "safe", except that one must avoid looking too much like a nun or a widow...


Blogger Fashion, Art and other fancies said ... (8:57 AM) : 

Am not keen on sneakers, but they fit his frisky personality. I adore the white shirt paired with black jumper and hat. Not to keen on the trousers, but they look good on him. Love his facial expression, too!


Blogger littleharves said ... (8:57 AM) : 

love it! the japanese have THE best style on the planet!! xx


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:12 AM) : 

foolish fasionable not stylish


Anonymous Z Fashion Blog said ... (10:00 AM) : 

Cool but not something I'd want to be cought dead wearing.


Blogger Myrthe said ... (10:55 AM) : 

haha this one made me laugh, but I like his big shirt a lot!


Anonymous ROJ said ... (2:06 PM) : 

looks like a pilgrim


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:03 PM) : 

Very CDG. looove it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:56 PM) : 

this guy is so cool....and he knows it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:45 PM) : 

comme on!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:33 AM) : 

Nice look. I have only two quibbles:

1. The branded shoes detract.

2. What's with the seemingly assymetrical hem on the "sweater"? Makes it look a bit sloppy.


Blogger Sammy V said ... (1:34 AM) : 

Reminds me of Blondie from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Nice look.


Blogger martina[s] said ... (8:31 AM) : 



Blogger Style-wonderland said ... (9:03 AM) : 

Nice one! i think the trousers are comme de garcon ! love them...


Blogger Kathleen said ... (9:57 AM) : 

I love him. His hat is outstanding! The black and white, my favorite pairing of non-colors, is extremely flattering on him. I disagree with another reader who deems him a child in his apparel choice. Once again, this is an Asian thing and I love it. They are all about personal freedom and highly artistic self expression when choosing their look. Good choice, even when its over the top, is very cool when done well. He knows how to do it. We have to always be thinking outside the box or we shut ourselves out to new ideas and self expansion.


Blogger sin said ... (10:14 AM) : 

The drop crotch pants look like they are from BLACK Comme des Garcons.


Anonymous Buddy said ... (12:41 PM) : 

I like the idea, but I think this looks a bit too silly and clownish.


Anonymous The Beso Team said ... (1:46 AM) : 

This may be the best photo I have seen in a while. The mix and match of black and white makes me dizzy. Classic!
The Beso Team


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:14 PM) : 

great shirt !


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (3:26 PM) : 

I want his shoes.


Blogger M said ... (4:31 PM) : 

great dotted pants


Anonymous Jennifer - Stylish Clin d'Oeil said ... (5:55 AM) : 

absolutely relax!


Anonymous Sheila said ... (6:05 AM) : 

Nice pictures! ;D


Anonymous said ... (7:36 AM) : 

not my taste personally - but you need a gutsy personality to walk like this on the street!


Blogger Zouari said ... (8:38 AM) : 

It's so cool and so funny.


Anonymous Fashion Tips said ... (9:15 AM) : 

ah ah... the hat looks really good yar.. :)


Blogger lovefool said ... (10:45 AM) : 

gotta love those polka! :))


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:17 PM) : 

This guy pulls his black-and-white nightmare of an outfit off person uses the word symmetry and you read it more than once. Where it is in this outfit is not evident to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:24 AM) : 

whoever said "black in summer", it's japan, the weather can be pretty moderate this time of the year.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 AM) : 

It's so funny, but not sexy.


Anonymous Rachel Lena Esterline said ... (4:27 AM) : 

likes this.


Blogger The Calvin Show said ... (11:22 PM) : 

I probably COULD like this look if something were subtracted from it. But as it stands...I think it's fug.


Blogger Paul Maloney Fashion Agency said ... (2:28 AM) : 

Agree with the above - very CDG. It all just seems to click together. Nice.


Blogger lovefool said ... (1:13 PM) : 

gotta love those polkas! :))


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:39 AM) : 

japan does it again, what can i say... 'unagi' - always aware ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:28 AM) : 

i cannot love this outfit, and i'm glad that i don't. the volume of his jumper is great, but the harem pants just look ridiculous--i find that few women can pull this off, never mind men. and the pattern, and the shirt tails. this is one of those things that in context can be pretty nifty, but if it was me, i know i'd look back at this picture in 2 years and be like, "what was i thinking?" glad this made it on the blog though. cheers for confidence, anyways, that's half the battle.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 PM) : 

The pants look like a dress shirt.


post a comment
Newer Posts Older Posts
Best Web Hosting