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Sunday, September 07, 2008

On the Street...Fishnets, NYC

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Blogger Andrew said ... (1:02 AM) : 

not digging this at all..


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

oh boy.


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



Whatever for?

I mean, besides the obvious, like when you're in a boat in the middle of a mountain lake, trolling a spinner behind you and waiting for a strike. As footwear? Meh.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:25 AM) : 

The only way this costume is acceptable is if he worked at: HOT TOPIC! Maybe "Supper Club";point being it must have been for work. Only logical explaination!-- Jr


Blogger S¥DNEY SMITH said ... (1:26 AM) : 

A man wearing fishnets? How fresh!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:27 AM) : 

THAT is fearless fashion


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 AM) : 

Oh my. Well. He certainly has the calves for it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:08 AM) : 

Out of focus. And his shoes are nice, otherwise worthless.


Blogger hemoglobin said ... (4:15 AM) : 

men in pantyhose!!
sowwiee ..doesn't do it for me ~~


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:26 AM) : 

Sart, usually I think your eye is spot-on, but this? Seriously? I really like his shirt, but everything from the waist down is a hot mess. It looks like two separate people got cut in half and reattached at the middle. No offense, but the fishnets make it look like he was going for drag but then forgot along the way...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:39 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:40 AM) : 

daring..... but no. if he looked more androgynous, and had skinnier legs, maybe...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:44 AM) : 

He's masculine enough to almost pull it off. Almost.


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

i'm sorry, this is just a bit too pretentious for me.


Blogger Samay said ... (5:04 AM) : 

They look good from afar, but up close, not so much. I think he'd have a better effect if he'd worn regular hose.


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

maybe it's safe to say that fishnets are only for women...


Blogger cat minoki said ... (6:23 AM) : 

Oh come on!

What a daring venture...

I am speechless. What happened?
Is that a foto montage or ...
two people in one shot... I dont´t get it.
The upper part of the outfit, including his face and hair is - at least in my point of view- completely different from the lower part.
Looking at the fish net stockings, shoes and trousers, I´d expect something like a white shirt, collar, may be bow tie, may be a topper hat! (stereotype, yes.)
But surprise... I see a desert-safari-shirt !

I guess he´s an artist who left his rehearsals for lunchtime.


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

He looks AMAZING!!!!!! -Little Miss JJ


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:29 AM) : 

he's a good-looking man.. but i feel the fishnets do nothing for him.. atleast not with this ensemble.. perhaps a more tailored shirt..?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:30 AM) : 

um, yeah, hmm, yeah I just dont think its working...fishnets on anyone (except drag queens) is bad, especially a man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:56 AM) : 

Love this site, love your photos. It's great to see people dressing with a very individual and unique sense of themselves and style. But, having said that, I just want to ask this guy "why?"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:09 AM) : 

the concept's worth working on...the top half's all wrong. He needs to talk to Fay - she'd set on the right path.


Blogger Miguel said ... (8:34 AM) : 

Ahhhh! Not really... ut brave, very brave indeed.


Blogger Scott W said ... (8:51 AM) : 

Fun! Fashion doesn't have to be glamorous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:55 AM) : 

Fabulous ! To live in New York City is one of my dreams! You don't meet people looking like this in Paris. At least I don't.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:16 AM) : 

I find this aesthetically disturbing


Blogger P. Lee said ... (9:49 AM) : 

disastrous... the pants aren't bad. looking good has nothing to do with being brave. if he just tried to be different... !


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (9:56 AM) : 

My immediate response was that he had a sense of humor, wearing fishnets for the rain, but he's not laughing. Making fishnet anything look good on a man would be quite a challenge- it's even tricky for women to wear them without looking either cheap or a chiche- though it could probably be done. Not here though. Still, a fearless move and credit for that! And it did rain, didn't it? I thought of you yesterday as Hannah dumped rain on us and wondered if it was hindering your work. Hope it didn't too much.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:24 AM) : 

Not on a man....!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:31 AM) : 

There is little to learn and much to unlearn here.


Blogger Annie Crowninshield said ... (10:44 AM) : 

interesting. very VERY interesting...


Blogger Harlen said ... (10:53 AM) : 

why??! you mean why NOT? part of the fun of this site, at least for me, is wondering about the subject...where he was going, what he does for a living, etc. if everyone dressed the same, it wouldn't be any fun, now would it?

so now, let the speculation commence.

ps. i doubt it's full-leg pantyhose, probably knee highs from a random nyc sex shop.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:21 AM) : 

That just looks too odd, like he is on his way to dance class.


Blogger Landis said ... (11:30 AM) : 

see, this is why it DOES work.

if you provoke with fashion, even if it doesn't technically or aesthetically work,
fashion lives.

we should all be thankful people like this exist. even if we don't want to copy them.


Blogger so said ... (11:33 AM) : 

unless you are in drag,


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:42 AM) : 

yack !! no


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:47 AM) : 

The best comments so far are the ones that are searching for a context for this fantastic foto!


Blogger raynaae said ... (12:00 PM) : 

his outfit is a mess. I don't want to say fishnets should never be on a man,because they kind of look good on his legs w/ the cropped pants, but the rest of his clothes needs overhaul. I'd start with a less dressier shoe for starters


Blogger Austin.Garnett said ... (12:18 PM) : 

i cant believe i like this. i think he's mixed fabrics/textures well.

contrived, maybe. successfully pulled off?
ghhuhhhh! yes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:20 PM) : 

Shame everyone is hating on this, because although it's not for everyone, it's really a very strong look.

If you look past the "big guy in safari shirt and fishnets" you'll see his proportions are spot-on. The jumbo fishnets are a great accessory: in perfect contrast with the formal chalk stripe on his pants, and just-so with the (dancer's?) shoes. The phone and umbrella give it a businesslike touch. Maybe the shirt could have been white - but then that wouldn't work quite so well with his coloring. All in all, I think he pulls it off very well.

Kudos to you, sir! Big Thanks to Sartorialist for bringing you here.


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

Wait what!?


Blogger Gloria Mast said ... (12:35 PM) : 

really?? is this news??....there is a gentleman who has been doing this for years in painfully conservative Lancaster, PA...


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:45 PM) : 

On a woman, this outfit would be very chic and hot (maybe if either the pants or top were more tailored). On a man, though, I'm completely thrown. I hope this doesn't catch on as a trend.


Blogger said ... (12:52 PM) : 

While you go down this outfit it gets worse and worse: shirt: I love it!!!, pants, not my cup of tea, but they have an interesting dandy touch, then fishnets, on a man? I hate the idea. The shoes are OK, but paired with those fish nets... I can't even look at them twice! Sorry to say it this way.


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

I expected to see more positive comments; I'm surprised. (What's happened to New York!!?)

The look itself is surprising because it doesn't seem expected from this guy. I find it interesting that he pairs the stockings with kind of cloddish, distinctly masculine shoes.

It's only after you see the stockings that you realize his shorts have some style to them too.

I think it's a fresh, shocking, intelligent comment--aggressive, almost sexy, repulsive-attractive, a little scary. It directly reflects an interesting, daring, questioning mind.

I laughed at the word 'unhinged' that one of your commenters used. Good word. Yes, there's definitely that, too. But it's done with such awareness, grooming, and all the right accessories, so that one can tell he's actually not.

I'd also disagree that fishnets for men only look good on drag queens. With drag queens, the look is so over-the-top and expected. It's appealing, I guess, but no longer fresh. It's establishment now.

I'm not saying I'd want my boyfriend wearing fishnets--well, maybe ONCE--but SOMEONE's got to shake things up and make us think new thoughts about gender and style, no?

As a woman, I myself--and my friends--don't like to wear fishnets with heels AND short dress AND makeup AND 'hair', because you end up looking tacky--or like a transvestite! We always add something 'down', or undo something, to make it say something more cool.

On that note, I think one of the reasons that Tim Curry was so wildly popular as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show was that he brought such unabashed macho masculinity to the drag queen role. It was this unexpected juxtaposition that made him so sexy.

I'm not saying that this guy brings anything nearing that magnetism, panache, or star power to this outfit, but it's somewhere along the same lines.

For my part, I'm relieved to see someone daring enough to do this in these times.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:47 PM) : 

like a everyday kilt;)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:52 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:34 PM) : 

Women in Fishnets, tacky
Men in Fishnets, too hard to swallow.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:35 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:00 PM) : 

i find the idea fresh and intriguing. i deem it bizarre that in fashion women are allowed to play with masculine clothing items (without any taboo it seems) whereas men are not - see comments above. i do not appreciate the way the man in the photo wears the fishnets either, but the idea certainly is clever.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:05 PM) : 

Fishnets and a masculine body/face.
Fishnets and négligé
Creativity and transgression...
This guy is a must


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 PM) : 

just NO!!!!


Blogger junglesiren said ... (3:29 PM) : 

Who on earth wears fishnets without high heels?


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

NO NO NO and just in case that wasn't clear, NO.


Blogger Janne said ... (4:29 PM) : 

This guy must have seen you coming! (Looks like he didn't even have time to tie his shoelaces..)


Blogger Robert said ... (4:51 PM) : 

If the shirt were black and he was wearing a top hat, this would definitely work. But, the earth tone button up contrasts too much with the modern bottom half.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:04 PM) : 

So fishnets bad, bowtie dickie good.

Oh brother. Since when did fashion have rules? How about a hip hip hurrah for experimentation?

Not everything has to look like a photo from some lawn party in the 40's.


Blogger OndrejS said ... (5:17 PM) : 

Have to say that from the point of pure aesthetics it makes sense to me. I am not ok with men, wearing fishnets. But if ever you should wear them it would be like this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:57 PM) : 

Anticipation? Try focus...


Blogger Teena Vallerine said ... (5:59 PM) : 

Fishnets and plus-fours - what a hoot! t.x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:23 PM) : 

Sart - I can see you chose this because it was an attempt at being directional, and in the right context it might work on a guy (I can't imagine how, but maybe in a matador or period punk inspired getup?) but here it is absolutely not working to the point of it being horrifying. Maybe if it was cold...?

btw I saw you on Mulberry Street recently but it took a while for me to register it was you, so if you saw someone shady staring at you, its because I thought maybe I knew you from somewhere (sorry).

ps kudos to the guy for the attempt, tho


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:06 PM) : 

I hope he doesn't have any of his leg-hair poking through the fishnet holes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:24 PM) : 

EW!! What is up with the knickers and the fishnets with those galloshes?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:47 PM) : 

Men in skirts - yes
men in fishnets - not yet.


Blogger muranogirl said ... (7:55 PM) : 

Rocky Horror meets David Blaine


Blogger Aphophenic said ... (8:00 PM) : 

I don't understand the odd juxtaposition. As a style statement it's not cohesive enough. However it's interesting in a slightly crazed kind of way. If you're going to cross dress or be a bit more androgynous why not push it more?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:24 PM) : 

Fearlessly unique.

His nonchalance makes it fashionable


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

I've decided it's the shoes that really make this statement serious, rather than whacky. This isn't a bit humorous. He may have succeeded in de-psychologizing the fishnet thing thing for himself… I can too, kinda. But that's only because I wore knickers "breeches"—(brit) while climbing in the mountains for years up until the mid '80s. They ARE coming back, though. I've heard it going 'round.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:55 PM) : 

I am not opposed with men experimenting with fishnets but the way I see it, the problem lies in his choice of shirt. Had he chosen a more fitted blouse the look would have been a little easier on the eyes. This combination, however is just awful.


Blogger Karina said ... (10:29 PM) : 

A bit surprising to see this here. Eek.

James hit it with his "unhinged" comments.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:47 PM) : 



Blogger Giuseppe said ... (11:52 PM) : 



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

I personally like it. It's a complete novel idea, a casual shirt a la weekend linen, non-casual shoes meet with the bizarre stockings. It wouldn't be the same without each and every piece.


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

NO...........just, no!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:29 AM) : 

I'm very open-minded and honstly, bravo to anyone who will defy what we accept as normal and go for something new; I'm all for that. But to me, this particular man's outfit doesn't work because he seems so heavy! Heavy in size and demeanour. It needs a certain amount of candour, humour and lightness to work, and I don't think he has that. Put this on a different guy and who knows, it might just work.



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

he doesn't have the legs it for it but just because he's a man doesn't mean he can't wear fishnets and i give him credit for doing something out of the usual


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:03 AM) : 

Makes me want to do the Time Warp again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:11 AM) : 

There's a thin line between brave and insane. Just didn't know that that line is fishnet stockings. But hey, everyone's deserves a little crazy sometimes. Kudos to those who aren't afraid of it.

Or maybe he was just coming from last night's work, as a woman... but I'm just speculating.

To me, this is a fun photo, so thanks, Scott!


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

This is slightly disturbing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:15 AM) : 

As a rule when I look at your blog, I'm most interested in those of your subjects who manage to dress a la mode but are not slaves to fashion, or those who are highly individual without being outre. With this image and the one of matching shorts-and-tats, I'm fascinated by the difference in response. Shorts-and-tats was quite widely admired; fishnets guy is mostly reprehended. To me, they are both splendid. I wonder why people find fishnets outre? Personally, I think he looks grand and I love his defenders: "why not?" indeed - how sad not to applaud others' playfulness and invention. So much more appealing than the litany of "where can I get that dress/those shoes/ that necklace."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:28 AM) : 

Why?? Is he doing this for a dare?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:13 AM) : 

Fishnets ?
Yeah, why not?
Some cover their legs with tatoos -
some with fishnets.
What´s the difference ?
In principle ?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:05 AM) : 

Something just does not look right about his legs. Shoes? The colour/ something more pointed/ higher heels. Or the proportion of his top?

His legs look quite swollen to me.
I used a paper to cover his shoes and his legs don't look that swollen


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:14 AM) : 

Nicht gut.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:36 AM) : 

I don't think there is any good way for men to wear fishnet stockings. Its a daring move, but still too costume-y


Blogger KoRR said ... (7:43 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:54 AM) : 

Certainly provocative, but the shirt ruins the aesthetic created by the pants/fishnets/shoes - it just fits him terribly. Your outfit can't try to make 5 statements at once.


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (8:08 AM) : 

Cheers for his brave soul! Jorge from W Palm Beach


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:06 AM) : 

It's fashion week in New York, people! Open your eyes, open your minds, embrace your sense of adventure and sense of humour! Burn your ill-fitting blue jeans, faded T's and sneakers. Thank you fishnet dude for being so thought-provoking, Thank you Sart for seeing and sharing, Thank you landis smithers, ephidrina and Jorge from WPB for getting it and being positive!
(ok, rant over, i was just so disappointed to see so many negative comments...)


Blogger seitzk said ... (10:12 AM) : 

Seriously - takes both guts and imagination! I love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:23 AM) : 

Is this a new gansta look?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:43 AM) : 

I admire his individuality, but this look (on a man or a woman) really rubs me the wrong way.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:46 AM) : 

Interesting. Some commentators think that a more light-hearted man(ner) could pull it off better, but I think it would be too close to drag/camp to really pull it off. As some others have noted, details such as grooming and accessories make it more masculine, and are anti-drag.

Also, are they really fishnets, or just sheer patterned knee-highs? Between his skin color and having the focus plane about 3-4 feet behind the subject, it's hard to tell.

I know the Sart almost never answers questions about technique, but I'll ask anyway; why did you put focal plane where you did? I have a guess.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:10 PM) : 

How refreshing to see fishnet pushed in a casual direction!

Fishnets have always seemed like special occasion wear to me, so this image challenged my thinking a bit.

I know fishnet shows up in lots of goth and punk-influenced styles--but those looks always seem dressy to me because so much care goes into creating those looks.

Also, kudos for this gentleman for ignoring silly ideas about gender and clothes.


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

Finally...a look nobody on here likes!! I've been waiting for this!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:50 PM) : 

this image reminds me of the joker from batman


Blogger Gypmar said ... (1:06 PM) : 

Man in fishnets aside, the fit of the shirt and pants is making him look dumpy. Which moves the look from potentially edgy (though not my cup of tea) to a little bit sad.


Blogger SpanishGent said ... (2:46 PM) : 

I must applaud his individuality and bravado!!!
Mostly everybody criticises this fellow, however I have seen much worse outfits in this site, typical of mere fashion victims, which most people praise but that others might consider tacky, vulgar, tasteless or simply très nouveau rich.
One must always remember that one's idea of chic/stylish is not necessarily the others' and that fashion nowadays is generally about finding new ways, no matter how tasteless they might seem to some. It is a matter of evolution I think.
One might wish to have the good sense of tailoring fashions to one's taste and style, instead of just blindly following them, however, this is not something one sees very often though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:57 PM) : 

I really don't know how else you would pull off knickers in this kind of weather. Wool high socks would be great, but it's too warm for them. Perhaps this is a fall preview.

As far as the cankles go: LESS CARBS and MORE CARDIO!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:51 PM) : 

Not your usual eye.


Blogger Adam Sinding said ... (5:33 PM) : 

On top of all of it..the picture is out of focus.


Blogger ryan said ... (5:35 PM) : 

yes! work manase!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:59 PM) : 

yikes. tell me please that he's coming home from tap dancing rehearsals and he threw his sandals in his locker.


Blogger TrickyMaus said ... (6:24 PM) : 

This is a big NO! for me or any other man, unless you're a drag queen or host a cabaret


Blogger miki_ said ... (7:15 AM) : 

oh my god. that man is.....well i'm out of words.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:12 AM) : 

Disturbing in a Silence of the Lambs kind of way. Fishnets could be part of a silly/humorous/ironic look. It doesn't have to be drag queen-extreme, but just...something...color? Fun patterns? An oversized bowtie? The fishnets make me thing lighthearted-humor. But then my eyes move upwards and reach the expression on the guy's face and my skin starts to crawl.


Blogger Julie said ... (12:48 PM) : 

I am not sure which is more disturbing: the fishnets or the fact that at first glance the umbrella looks like a hook-hand.

Shock for the sake of shock is trite and boring.


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

I just wonder if this gentleman had been carrying a designer purse instead of a cheap umbrella, would he have received more acceptance?
Karl Lagerfeld and his fan have something of the same air. A good catch for a foto, as usual.


Blogger doodle girl said ... (1:42 PM) : 

this is sloppy sloppy.


Blogger arms.akimbo said ... (2:33 PM) : 

Great experimental look. So new and fun.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:29 PM) : 

The tights look silly. I have not seen something this bad for a long time.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:50 PM) :


Blogger Duchesse said ... (7:12 PM) : 

Oh, hisnets.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:20 PM) : 

manse you are such a dreamboat!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:38 AM) : 

To me, the only real difficulty with this outfit is the proportions. The "pouf" factor of the pants (lovely in its own right) combined with the length of the untucked shirt makes his legs look very short. That being said, although I am never a fan of fishnets (on women or otherwise), I really, really like the way they look with the mens dress shoes. I think the whole thing works very well from the knees down surprisingly enough. I also, really appreciate having been surprised and actually required to question my fashion assumptions. Yay for fasion week! :)


Blogger bomb.ass.ting said ... (12:36 PM) : 

I see what he'd be trying but his calves are too thick for it


Blogger Brian said ... (4:00 PM) : 

A perfect way for a thousand-yard-stare serial killer to hide his weapon of choice. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome "The Fishnet Strangler"...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:23 PM) : 

i think i'm one of the few that actually like this! power to him! i think fashion shouldn't be taken so seriously all the time!


Blogger gertie. said ... (7:16 AM) : 

ha! every time i glance at this picture i see his umbrella handle as a hook, as if he's in costume for a pirate. In that context, this outfit makes sense


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:59 PM) : 

i got the same umbrella (from stockholm) - but not the fishnets...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:16 AM) : 



Blogger astublieft said ... (8:30 AM) : 

if the rest of the outfit was more hard core then it would be a look of the futur. By hard core i mean dirtier , darker, thicker.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:08 AM) : 

This is great. Sloppy kind of sexuality, playful but with a nice grounded masculinity.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:09 PM) : 

thats a statement....


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