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The Sartorialist


Monday, July 31, 2006

In The Showroom....Some Kinda Grey

Well, I Guess That Didn't Work

On The Street.......The Way Casual Friday Should Look

so we will try this again!

On The Street......The Working Womens Wardrobe p2

Saturday, July 29, 2006

At The Park, Lower East Side

This kid and his Dad were playing at the park. The kid was literally climbing the walls or ,in this case, fences. I love that he has a feather in his hair - I don't know how healthy that is but kids are strong.

The "trad" kid on the scooter is also part of the family - I'm seeing a Family Ties meets the Lower East Side sitcom in the future for this family

Friday, July 28, 2006

What Your Socks Say About Your Nationality -UPDATE

I knew I had a photo of a Brit with maroon socks - this photo was taken at the Paul Smith show in Paris. Could it get more Brit than that?

One of the most asked questions to style experts is "Should my socks match my shoes or my pants?" The answer you get may depend on where you live. The Americans (top photo) advice matching socks to your pants, The Italians (bottom photo) seem to contrast with both shoes and pants. The English , always the eccentrics, wear maroon socks with everything! I have a photo to defend this point but I will have to post it later due to problems with my laptop - stupid laptop!

On The Street.......White Dress

On The Street........Midtown, New York

I guess this goes back to the slim shorts questions. A lot of you mentioned just cutting off pants which is what this gentleman has appeared to do and looks great. Another appearance of Top-Siders in the City.

My Photo Shoot for Menswear Magazine

So yesterday I was on the other side of the camera having my portrait taken for Menswear magazine. Since they wanted my camera in the shot I thought I would just shoot while I was being shot - confusing?

Makeup - Actually this is not the makeup they used on me. My makeup was by a company called Sherwin-Williams? I don't know much about makeup but they said it gave me a shiny coat and that it won't chip or peel in the most extreme conditions!
This is me after makeup but before changing into my Bob Mackie Original gown!
I never go anywhere without my softbox and scrim. Didn't Veerland say something like "beauty is all in the lighting" ?
The lovely photographer Deborah Feingold and Tom Beebe quietly discussing how to get out of this shoot after reviewing a few of the first shots
The doggy that did wonders to bring a sense of calm and joy to the shoot.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

At The Collective - The New American Banker

I loved this guys take on the "American Banker" look. I had seen him later in the day and his bowtie was still perfectly askew.

Another Great Seersucker Suit For Summer

I love this seersucker tie

On The Street........Meatpacking District, New York

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Question From The Sartorialist Email - Slim Shorts For Men

I have not done this before and I'm not really an advice guy but I often get emails asking style questions so I thought it would be fun to post this one.

Dear Sartorialist
I love your blog TS. It's just wonderful! It's really a gift!

Can you help me. I'm trying to find men's shorts that are tapered like Italian slacks. Thin in the leg instead of the ridiculous blouson shorts made by every single American manufacturer (and many European ones as well). I buy most of my suits/pants at Eredi Pisano. They have shorts in their catalog but you can't get them here. Burberry's has some thin ones but they are only so so. Borrelli's are wide (surprising). Any ideas?

Dear Reader
I don't know where to find truly tapered shorts (some of the madras seem a little more slim if you like madras) but shorter shorts are on the horizon which will have a more slimming effect.

Think tennis shorts - I saw a few editors in Europe during the mens shows doing it and I'm now seeing realistic versions in the showrooms.

Here is a guy at the Junya Watanabe show wear the shorter short successfully
Photo courtesy The Sartorialist on

Thanks for the question, I hope it helps.

Do any of the readers have a suggestion on slim shorts?

On The Street........Paris On Bleeker, West Village, New York

I don't know why this feels like the kind of shot I would have gotten in Paris.

At The Collective - Green Seersucker Suit

First of all, great cut and great fit on this suit - pant length just about perfect

This is this gentleman's second time on The Sartorialist (I also featured him during Fashion Week back in Feb, he was wearing a great bowtie then also) I love that his style is just this side of Dandy. The cut and shape and quality are all very respectable but he makes this look outstanding by choosing a reasonable shade of green and then pairing it with high-quality, serious accessories.
In the wrong hands this could have gone clownish but he really pulls it off.

He has also created a signature for himself with his elegant bowtie. if you think about it most guys with great style have something that is their signature, (a color or brand or an accessory) it may be subtle but it is always there. Do you know what your sartorial signature is? Mine is always having a camera stuck to my hand!

He really could have messed up the whole look with the pocket square choice but instead of going outlandish he went subtle and choose an edging that complimented the tone of the green and even compliments the tone of his shoe color.
Very Well Done - and a nice way to advance seersucker past just blues and tans.

The Sartorialist on

Justin Shubow just wrote a really great piece on that gives an overview of the "street fashion blogs" from all around the world.

Here is a link Better Than A Park Bench

On The Street........Fashion Insiders Working Wardrobe, New York

What do you wear when you work in a creative field but maybe not in the creative department?

This woman was walking out of the #1 fashion building on 7th Ave (NYers will know which one) and she really looked great - so well put together. I have no idea what she does but I thought she doesn't necessarily look like a designer but a designer would love to have someone that looked like her (or should I say has her type of style) managing his/her business, or pr, or whatever.

ps. the dress comes up a little darkin the photo but there is a great pleating detail at the center of the neckline that really makes the dress pop.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

On The Street........Grey Denim, New York

Maybe I'm not a big denim guy but I haven't seen a lot of dark grey unwashed(?) denim. This is one of those pure inspiration posts - I don't know if I would wear this look but I love the dark grey denim with the brown leather boots. It makes me want to find some dark grey denim (maybe APC) and work it with brown shoes, socks (maybe), blue button down-shirt, navy blazer, and a crisp white pocket square for Fall. A younger, sportier alternative to grey flannel pants.

It is like 100 degrees in New York and I'm already thinking Fall!!

A lot of times when I shoot something it is because I'm trying to figure out how I can use a detail from that look to effect my own wardrobe - this is a great example.

On The Street........The Marais, Paris

Monday, July 24, 2006

AT The Collective - Cotton Suit

On The Street.... 39th Street Flea Market, New York

At The Collective - Navy Jacket w/ Matching Navy Tie

Notice both are wearing spread collars shirts, both wear white pocket squares and both have the tie slightly darker than the jacket and both stand in an almost identical manner. Birds of a feather.

Here is how to tell them apart - Don't you think this could be a perfect example of how a person chooses to fold their pocket square can speak volumes about that persons personality?

On The Street.... 26th Street Flea Market, New York

I don't know which I noticed first - the hair or the dress but both together are perfect.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Michael Bastian Lookbook Shoot p2

Friday, July 21, 2006

Michael Bastian Lookbook Shoot

Were shooting a few looks for Michaels lookbook today. Luckily he has very capable people around him so it is going well.

On The Street.... Via Manzoni, Milan

Photo Shoot For Michael Bastian Today

I'm doing a few photos for Michael Bastian today and will be posting a few shots from the shoot during the day so check back

At John Galliano

This is without any filter or any retouching just the light that was in the space for his show. With her super light eyebrows I thought she had a kind of otherworldly look that really fit with the light.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

At Calvin Klein, Milan

The space for the Calvin Klein show in Milan was really small but beautiful with perfect lighting. There were a lot of great looking people at the show and since the space was so tight I decided to sit outside and review my shots,

As I'm sitting there I look out to the back courtyard and see a group of painters taking an afternoon break. One guy absolutely stands-out, its the scarf - really, what American house-painter wears a scarf that way to paint! Brilliant.

And that face!

I knew the shot was going to be great and I didn't want to let it get away so I walked out, smiled, and kinda grabbed his arm and pulled him into the space and set him up against the same wall I had shot the other fashionistas. He was a little shocked but also flattered because I took several shots and he seemed very happy to participate.

I don't speak Italian but when he got back to the other painters I could tell they were really riding him! You don't need to speak Italian to imagine they were calling him "model boy" for the rest of the afternoon! Thanks painter guy - you made my day!!

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At Louis Vuitton, Paris

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Sales Team From Doriani, Milan


Outside Emporio Armani, Paris

Notice her equally well-dress kid hiding behind her!

Lodovico Barbera in Milan


Streets Of Milan

I have always heard about Milan being a cold grey place but I kept seeing images like this all over the city. Sure it may not be Florence or Rome but it is not Detroit either -sorry Detroit

Interview Magazine At YSL, Paris

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