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July 26 2014

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Garden Commander Cohen

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An object lesson in The Man’s Still Got It was presented at Madison Square Garden last night. Leonard Cohen—78 years young, headlining a tour he’s titled “Old Ideas”—played a packed house that, refreshingly, looked to range in age from toddling to mature. (Anecdotal: This reporter attended in the company, and at the insistence, of his retirement-age parents.) Cohen cycled through all the hits, including a spoken-word rendition of “A Thousand Kisses Deep,” which electrified Haider Ackermann’s Fall 2011 show, but as impressive as the set list was his swagger and style. You could almost believe that he could actually rehabilitate that most despised men’s accessory, the bolo tie, which hung around his neck. Time—and perhaps the next season of menswear shows, fast approaching in January—will tell. In the meantime, Cohen will move on to the Barclays Center tomorrow. First he takes Manhattan, then he takes Brooklyn.

Photo: Mike Lawrie/ Getty Images

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