August 31 2014

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Red Suits You


Red suits from Thom Browne and Haider Ackermann, and LeBron James

From the runway to the street to the closets of sports stars, the color red has found its way onto the current sartorial playlist, especially—and excitingly—across men’s suiting.

“Red has great energy and signifies a decadence other colors can’t,” Barneys New York’s general merchandise manager and executive vice president Tom Kalenderian told “Remember Diana Vreeland’s famous red chinoiserie walls—didn’t she once say, ‘I want this place to look like a garden, but a garden in hell?’” After hearing Vreeland’s take on the hue, who wouldn’t want to wrap himself up in Haider Ackermann‘s ruby-toned sleeveless Spring ’14 waistcoat, Roberto Cavalli‘s oxblood shawl-collared stunner, or Thom Browne‘s cherry-red generalissimo uniforms?

Just off the runway, our intrepid Tommy Ton lensed red peaked-lapel blazers from Firenze to Paris. One fellow stood out in particular, pairing his vermilion jacket with a medium-grade chambray shirt-and-tie combo underneath. And finally, at last week’s ESPY Awards, a number of athletes hot-stepped it down the red carpet in matching wares: Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall in a Hugh Hefner-esque burgundy smoking jacket; San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a simple scarlet sport jacket; and the King himself, the NBA’s LeBron James, in a muted carmine tux whipped up by L.A.-based tailor Waraire Boswell. As Kalenderian keenly noted, “Making a statement is the new normal.”

Photos: Go (Thom Browne and Haider Ackermann); Getty Images (LeBron James)

ballers in the polo mansion


There was less elbow room than usual at the Polo Mansion last night, what with all the waiters, shop boys, bodyguards, and NBA All-Stars mingling among the tweeds. There was a tennis star, too, and a rapper/designer/entrepreneur/mogul, but the man of the hour was LeBron James (who, perhaps unbeknownst to some of this blog’s fair readers, was famous way before that Vogue cover). Looking dapper in Ralph Lauren pinstripes and rocking some serious bling—”they’re a couple of carats, a couple of carats,” James said modestly when pressed about his ear candy—the Cleveland Cavalier was out in support of his charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation. Despite looking awfully nice in that suit, James claims to have no plans for a future in fashion, or, as he put it, adding “off-the-court urban wear” to his line of basketball apparel for Nike. Sorry, guys.

Now back to that rapper/designer/entrepreneur/mogul. Clad in Tom Ford, Jay-Z explained his choice of attire as such: “I didn’t want to come to Ralph Lauren wearing Ralph Lauren. I thought it was like trying to kiss up.” Of course—we had the same dilemma ourselves. Inspired by all those point guards in the next room, we asked Jay-Z which fellow designer he’d want to challenge to a game of sartorial one-on-one. “Ralph,” he said. Go on. “Because he represents a culture, and I represent a culture. I’d square with him any day. I’d outstitch him any day. You let him know that. You tell him that.” Mr. Lauren, if you’re reading…

Photo: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images