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Vanity Fair January 2007


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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.

Comments on "Vanity Fair January 2007"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:20 PM) : 

I like the dimple in his chin.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:25 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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...


Blogger Butch said ... (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?


Blogger Tamberk said ... (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?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:05 PM) : 

gorgeous shot...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:08 PM) : 

He a mob. Classy mob though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:29 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:41 AM) : 

isn't that bill blass? if it's not, he's the walking reincarnation...check it out


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.'


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:30 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:22 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Blogger Butch said ... (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...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:48 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:48 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:55 PM) : 

Bring back handsome men!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:51 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:06 AM) : 

Regarding the "Esquire" spread/article in "Vanity Fair": did anyone notice how especially handsome John Berendt was when he first began at the magazine? There is a b & w photo featuring various editors and writers and he stands out for his classic good looks and style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:11 AM) : 

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


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