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Saturday, July 26, 2008

After Costume National

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:54 AM) : 

Hum, perhaps at the beach but in the city it looks completely out of place. It reminds me of a diaper. :(


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:57 AM) : 

All week I had been thrilled by the well accessorized men you were featuring; this disappoints me. . . . he looks like a big baby! I think this could have worked out, because I do like the Indian style pantaloons, but the shoe choice is terrible!!


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

Interesting, however, this might be too fashion forward for most men, who may feel like they are wearing an adult diaper.


Blogger Arpi said ... (10:30 AM) : 

Quite daring, but I think the various aesthetics come together cohesively.


Blogger Mr. Badami said ... (10:30 AM) : 

ascetics (and beggars) in India wear that sort of's interesting how clothing is diffused cross-culturally.


Blogger Andrew said ... (10:34 AM) : 

It would be nice to be able to walk round like this and not get laughed at (where I live). weirdly, this look looks like it was made for him. he really suits it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:52 AM) : 

Goodness! Our very own South Indian "lungi" makes it on The Sartorialist! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:58 AM) : 

Nice! He is not confined by silly notions of gender, yet he still seems very masculine and serious to me. This does not come across as transgressive as much as comfortable.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:03 AM) : 

this is an amazing photograph the contrast of the outfit with its surroundings is really remarkable.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:07 AM) : 

Look, those flip-flops call it what you will are NOT it...not this year, not last year, not next year.


Blogger MInervus said ... (11:33 AM) : 

This looks like Burmese longyi.


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

Looks like what my grandfather used to wear. But on him it looks silly.


Blogger chanbong said ... (11:35 AM) : 

this is just plain awesome. love the bag, love the lungi, love the birkenstocks. and the harmony of the colors. excellent.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:36 AM) : 

He looks like an alien that's trying to dress like a human - he did all the research but doesn't understand who wears what, where.

He's on the deck of the mothership, ready to embark on his earth journey.

(p.s. I like it - a lot.)


Blogger Karen said ... (12:09 PM) : 

Hmmm... an ethnic garment taken completely out of context isn't doing anything for me.


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

I love the look.


Blogger said ... (12:14 PM) : 

I love the color and texture of that pareo, but as the first commenter says, not for the city: it would be beautiful for somewhere more whild -the beach- and worn with a basic t-shirt or, even better, with nothing else than sandals, a straw hat and a straw bag!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:18 PM) : 

the urban wanderer, it's a fitting look on him and each element of the outfit is clean and harmonious. brave and refreshing i think.


Blogger s said ... (1:18 PM) : 

i wish it was more toga style and would reach the floor, to cover his furry white legs.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:31 PM) : 

Fantastic. The altogether outfit works very well and the photograph is outstanding. A sartorialist classic...

It's time men wear lungi - it's just so much more comfortable in the humidity...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:42 PM) : 

Here is finally the good new idea, that knocks down the codes. Nevertheless I do not find it shocking, nor moved. I find the fluid and well-trained silhouette.


Blogger anyimage said ... (2:00 PM) : 

he looks like a wayward tourist


Blogger amyonymous said ... (2:17 PM) : 

hate the shirt, hate the shoes. the "pants" would be great with a white t-shirt, no collar. and the sandals would be really great if they were the same as the man below (the guy with the jingly belt).

didn't really get it together very well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:18 PM) : 

At the risk of sounding silly, I think this says a lot about clothing in general and how over time it changes our aesthetic perceptions. The simple and archaic drapery from the waste down contrasts with the form-fitting modern shirt.


Blogger chrliechaz said ... (2:29 PM) : 

A shout out to individual style. No different than a kilt really. And we LOVE men in kilts.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:40 PM) : 

The color in his outfit are fantastic, and look especially good against his pale skin. I wish folks could be more open minded about the way men dressed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:06 PM) : 

this whole site is like a public service, in that it intoduces new ideas and breaks preconceived barriers that limit otherwise small-minded people ...keep it up


Blogger materfamilias said ... (3:39 PM) : 

Fashion aside, I love the simple geometric play in this photograph and the restrained colour palette within which that play takes place -- the checks in the fabric echo the industrial gridwork behind; the circles of the earring loops, the hoop in the bagstrap, and the curves of the large background pipes contrast the straight lines nicely; and both the industrial background and the clothes of the guy in the foreground work with greys and blues -- very effective.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:37 PM) : 

I feel like he could have made a better choice in footwear, maybe more of a slide


Blogger Adrian said ... (6:14 PM) : 

I think this a blatant attempt at being fashion-forward that has been poorly executed. Perhaps if he ditched the Birkenstocks and wore a nicer, open Roman sandal he would look more hip and less like a pregnant hippy.


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

excellent - comfortable + confident = style


Blogger Gypmar said ... (8:09 PM) : 

Hmm...I think this fellow could take a lesson from your recent features on silhouettes that flatter. I find the asymmetrical "hemline" and the thick band of his sandals are making him look unnecessarily knock-kneed and thick-ankled.

I do like (as materfamilias also noted) how his ear and nose hoops are echoed in his bag hoop.


Blogger Dunford said ... (8:49 PM) : 

This took a few hours to grow on me. However, it's finally settled in. As a whole, the mix of colours is really satisfying.

Somehow, though, I wish that the skirt/pants (lungi) was draped a little looser.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:32 PM) : 

It was hot in Oakland today. The men around here would've done themselves well to throw this on. Despite my logical impulses to say no, I like the look - great colors for him. I don't know if I'd feel the same if he didn't have the beard, though. Those shoes on the other hand have got to go. I have yet to see someone wear those things and pull them off.

And actually, that's what I want to do. Pull them off of him.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:47 PM) : 

this man wears a longyi like i have never seen before in my life. it's amazingly creative! i love it completely, thank you sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 PM) : 

He looks absolutely amazing. Solid as a stone. Invincible.

Just amazing.


I can't imagine this being an everyday sort of thing to wear.

This is a fashion statement....but only for a still photograph.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 PM) : 

I adore men with bold ear jewelry.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 PM) : 

Gosh... I love the pants. I wish he didn't wear a polo. It feels mismatched. Maybe... if he wore a black linen shirt (with no collar), that would have been better. Other than that.. pants = gorge


Blogger Ong said ... (11:18 PM) : 

Well if you look closely at the big picture. He's wearing 2 big hoops on his ears. One ring on his nose and one big ring on his shoulder bag. That makes sense no?

I do like his style. It only works on some certain venues but it still works.


Blogger Shoshanah Marohn said ... (11:21 PM) : 

He sort of looks like he's waiting for us to judge him harshly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:51 AM) : 

had he gone off and wear something orient-inspired, than occident-inspired top (polo shirt), he'd be much better off.

right now, it's diaper.
love the bag and choice of footwear, though. it fits the lovely bohemian look he's after.

this reminds me of gwen's appropriation of the harajuku culture: silly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:29 AM) : 

I like this. I'm too much of a coward to wear it myself, but I do like it when people dress how they like and ignore the "rules" that others like to throw around. Give the man a staff and a bowl and he is the Urban Monk. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:46 AM) : 

A handsome face and a fantastic picture. This could be a picture out of a film like "Blade runner". I think men should dare more but reading some of the previous comments I understand why they don't !


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:24 AM) : 

Bold. But not noisy.


Blogger Evans. said ... (5:36 AM) : 

I've often tried to wear a dhoti or veshti around LA, especially in the summer, when it's the only thing comfortable enough to wear, but the looks people give me always ruin the experience. you think in a city as cosmopolitan as this, i could wear whatever i wanted. sadly, not the case.


Blogger John Danner said ... (5:46 AM) : 

Well it's amusing.


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

I love the blue. The style would not work for just anyone.


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (11:01 AM) : 

I like it for it's audacity and I love the fact that this very outre look includes a polo shirt (more preppiness turned on its' head- seems to be a theme lately). Would not have considered wearing it without getting some color on those legs first, though. Nice industrial chic background.


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

The burst of color is great, but this style, resembles an inverted picnic table cloth - it's dreadful. This is not fashion or style forward. It looks awkward, diaperish, and smacks of trying too hard to do not much of anything. It has hippster fashion sagging all over it. The humanity.



Blogger do you like my tight sweater said ... (11:36 AM) : 

cool and funny in 1.
thank you for your beatiful photos again, i am watching the archives on your blog for hours :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:39 PM) : 

Americans, let's clarify the birkenstock thing: those sandals have a different reputation in Europe than in America. The fashion community wears birkenstock. It may be silly, but I bet every fashion editor owns a pair.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:59 PM) : 

I'm more interested in those ducts behind him...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:39 PM) : 

He should've tanned his legs first.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:29 PM) : 

A little too hippy dippy for urban wear. His facial hair is very manicured but his legs are too fuzzy. Needs some manscaping.


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

What's with the Birkenstock hate?, I own more than ten pairs of them and wouldn't wear anything else, ever. I'm yet to find people telling me that "I'm not working them" or calling me "hippie" on the streets.
You'll adore silver wedge sneakers, but pooh-pooh Birkenstock shoes?, hmmm...

On the subject at hand, I love everything, especially the earrings; you've got to have cojones to make such fashion statements and if he is cool and confortable, even better!.


Blogger javi obando said ... (6:25 PM) : 

great choice,
great photo natural lightning


Blogger junglesiren said ... (7:39 PM) : 

Well, in Venice Beach he'd be fine. I like that he's bold enough to wear it even though it is unflattering in every way humanly possible, the Birks notwithstanding. I love Birks.

My opa (Dutch for grandpa) is 1/2 Indian and I did see him rocking something like this a few times but he's very dark and it looked organic and he smoked a cigar which added a certain old-world masculinity to it. And I'm sure he wasn't wearing a Polo shirt, manbag and earrings. And I won't even mention the nose ring.-- oops, I mentioned it.

The question of who would go out with this guy is even more interesting to me. I want to see his lova!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:45 PM) : 

I suppose cultural appropriation always strikes some people as funny/weird/offensive/confusing. Remember the picture of George Bush holding hands with the Saudi sheik? Whether it's this or, say, a kilt, men in skirts remains a bridge too far for most.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:41 PM) : 

Some of these posts are spot-on funny; not in a clever and witty sort of way-- but in how close-minded and fashion-fascist they are: Like he should tan or trim the hair on his legs (!).

I think he's awesome: very "gentlemanly traveler" and ethereal, and truly multicultural without looking synthetic or superficial, despite the obvious fashion environment. And the beautiful environment only enforces a transcendent vibe to this gentleman's presence. Love it.



Blogger TI said ... (10:28 PM) : 

i like it so much.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:07 AM) : 

personally, i love this. if i saw this guy walking down the street, i'd give him a second look before i gave the guy in the picture below him a second look. confidence makes the look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:43 AM) : 

It certainly looks interesting, but I feel that the bottom half of his outfit would have truly worked if he had chosen a beautiful pattern for that fabric. This reminds me a bit of Indonesia, where many men wear sarongs on a daily basis combined with Western tops. For some reason - maybe because it was clearly their own tradition - they looked better whilst doing it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:09 AM) : 

Actually, I don't like this look. The color is great, but the shape makes him look like he has no waist line. And that choice of footwear...I don't think so.


Blogger Kate Kendall said ... (6:29 AM) : 

I love the Birkenstocks... I then they've gone in a few cycles, as fashion does, and are in again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:45 AM) : 

this is a great look - i love how he incorporated the skirt with the bag and the hoops - his legs are even alright - i could talk to this man seriously and become lost in his overall essence enough to forget the details of the ensemble - this is what a look is all about - the ability to pull it together well enough that your real personality comes through regardless of the trimmings


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 PM) : 

this reminds me of a secne in the movie pulp fiction. Jules tells Vincent that he is going to quit the business and just walk the earth. Vincent thinks a moment and replys that Jules wants to become a bum:sleep on benches and beg for change on the streets, then Vincent gets up and goes to the WC. Sometimes ower minds/ideas trick ourselfs, bad idea!! Men should want to look like men!!


Blogger Miguel said ... (7:34 PM) : 

I wouldn't dare.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:45 PM) : 

Quite daring! Props go out to this man who pulls of such an edgy look. It is minimalist but also very statement-making. I just LOVE the wrapped skirt! Beachwear in the city!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:37 PM) : 

oh my gosh! he's our very own tailor teacher at ied fashion institute! never saw him pulling off this draped skirt look before =D he looks amazingly innovative.


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

I didn't see this in the CNC SS 2009 show (as published online - I wasn't there). Whose is this? Luca Minora's?


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