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No Ironing Required: Nick Wooster Says Wrinkled Is In

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wooster-1Instagram menswear icon Nick Wooster is all over the new Wooster x Lardini collection he and the Italian tailoring brand rolled out to the press at Pitti Uomo in Florence yesterday. Mini cartoon portraits of Wooster’s bearded mug are embroidered like polka dots onto one of the collection’s suit fabrics.

The collaboration, between the sartorially eclectic Wooster and Luigi Lardini, creative director of the brand he founded in 1978 with his brother Andrea and sister Lorena, proves the international reach of social media today. The American Wooster has become a men’s fashion star overnight in Italy thanks to his endless stream of stylish selfies—which feature his unique mix of tough-guy tattoos and sharp tailoring. Lardini said he’d been following Wooster’s Instagram feed for several years before he proposed the collaboration six months ago, and the two worked out the style particulars in just two three-day meetings.

“I vowed I would never put my name on a brand, or wear pleated pants again, and here I am,” said Wooster, sporting one of the collection’s washed-out, garment-dyed khaki jackets with a pair of deep-pleated Bermudas and an oversize safety pin on his shirt collar.

Wooster’s take on the Lardini project was simple. The brand is known for its perfect tailoring, so he challenged the label to make something elegantly imperfect. The result is a short but sweet range of jackets, trousers, and Bermuda shorts with one shirt, one shoe, and a tie, offered in twelve different fabrics.

“I wanted the jackets to have a lived-in, messy look as though they were found in the attic, and then combine them with something really clean on the bottom,” said Wooster, who took inspiration from Brooks Brothers’ famously preppy style. The jackets and pants play with the collection’s muted gray and khaki palette in patchworks, but there’s also more traditional summer tweed, Prince of Wales plaid, and linen-cotton-blend seersucker options to wear with patchwork cotton shirts and slip-on sneakers.

“I think linen looks new again,” says Wooster. “Italians have always worn it in a way that Americans [who worry about the wrinkles] never have. Let it wrinkle, and then you don’t have to worry if what’s in your suitcase is perfectly pressed.”

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Photos: Courtesy of Nick Wooster x Lardini

The Final Countdown: Style File’s Top Stories of 2013

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Alexander McQueen: Working ProcessThe fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shakeups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the annum. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Read numbers fifteen through eleven, below.

15. Gal Power: Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso on Her $100 Million (and Counting) Adventures in E-tail

Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso has been a newsmaker this year, to say the least. Shoppers and insiders alike watched in awe as her business took off, and now her multimillion-dollar e-tail platform is set to open a range of brick-and-mortar locations. Style.com’s Nicole Phelps sat down with the 29-year-old eBayer-turned-CEO in August to talk about her passion for vintage, the New York fashion scene, and the future of Nasty Gal.

14. Delphine Arnault and LVMH Announce the New LVMH Prize for Young Designers
In November, Style.com broke the news that mega-luxury group LVMH is launching a 300,000 euro international fashion prize for young designers. Style.com’s Matthew Schneier spoke with Delphine Arnault about the new initiative.

13. Nick Waplington Talks Alexander McQueen and Working Process
Before his tragic suicide in 2010, Alexander McQueen asked photographer Nick Waplington to document the creation of his fifteenth anniversary collection, the Horn of Plenty. Waplington was one of the only people outside of McQueen’s studio allowed to observe the designer’s creative process, and his new book, Alexander McQueen: Working Process, provides an unprecedented look at the creative genius in action. Style.com’s Katharine K. Zarrella spoke with the photographer about the tome, what it was like to work with McQueen, and why the designer was so keen on preserving his legacy.

12. Alaïa Walks the Dotted Line
Whenever Azzedine Alaïa holds a fashion show, it’s a special treat. In March—well after the ready-to-wear collections had wrapped—the legendary designer quietly presented his polka-dotted Fall ’13 offering at his Paris studio. Style.com had a front-row seat.

11. A Man’s World: Nick Wooster Talks Pitti
At Pitti Uomo this past June, tattooed dandy and menswear insider Nick Wooster spoke to Style.com about the evolution of the Florentine fair, his favorite new talents, and why he’s a “Disneyland attraction.”

Photo: Nick Waplington

A Man’s World: Nick Wooster Talks Pitti

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Nick Wooster at Pitti

Nick Wooster’s dandyish look has long mesmerized menswear show-goers. With his handlebar mustache, tattoo sleeves, and eclectic outfits (like the embroidered shorts, relaxed blazer, and snazzy leopard Celine shoes he wore during this week’s Pitti fair, above), he’s crafted an aesthetic that’s uniquely his own. Having served as the mennswear fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, as well as the menswear creative director at JC Penney (a post he left in April of this year), Wooster is not only catnip for street style paps, but a seasoned industry expert. Here, the man talks to Style.com about Pitti, the state of menswear, and his plans for the future.

When did you first start coming to Pitti?
I did my first Pitti in January of 1988.

What’s changed since then
Absolutely nothing. Well, actually, in a certain way, nothing has changed, and then obviously, everything has. The heart of Pitti has always been the same. Look at someone like Lino or Peter Rizzo, who was the person who brought me to my first Pitti. He still comes, and so many of the players are the same. I think that’s the story of menswear, the story of Italy, and the story of Pitti.

You’re known for your personal style. Do you turn it up for the shows?
No. I mean, at the end of the day, I’ve always felt the need and desire to be different. The worst part for me is figuring out what I’m going to bring. I brought twice as much as I’m going to need so there’s always a bit of a problem in the morning, like, “Shit what am I going to wear?” But that’s the story of my life. I never know what I’m going to wear until I get out of the shower. Continue Reading “A Man’s World: Nick Wooster Talks Pitti” »

As Seen On JakAndJil

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Style.com’s roving street-style correspondent, Tommy Ton, is making the jump from fashion observer to fashion designer. Ton teamed up with Club Monaco to design two exclusive bags, which hit the retailer’s stores this week. Both styles—a messenger bag-inspired satchel for women and a backpack for men—are made in British Millerain with leather trim and nickel hardware and retail between $198 and $225. To introduce the bags to the world, the photoblogger slipped a few advance pieces to a few key friends and subjects and did what he does best: begin shooting. Above and below, a few exclusive shots of the bags in action. Continue Reading “As Seen On JakAndJil” »

The Kid Is All Right, Birthday Wishes For Anna And Viv, Hip To Be Square, And More…

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Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana hosted a party in Milan for Justin Bieber. While Dolce admits that “it might be slightly premature to talk about him as a style icon,” he’s definitely dressing the Dolce & Gabbana part at the moment (left)—just us, or do you see a slight resemblance here? [Vogue U.K.]

Happy birthday to Anna Dello Russo, who celebrated hers on Saturday. Tributes of shoe cards and blog-design-mimicking birthday cakes have already come pouring in, so we’ll just add our good wishes to the pile. [Styleite]

Speaking of birthdays, last week, Dame Vivienne Westwood celebrated her 70th. Her friend and sometime campaign star Pamela Anderson got her what might just be the perfect present: 70 acres of rain forest. [Telegraph]

And Racked checks in with Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s fashion director Nick Wooster, who sounds off on the must-have menswear item of the moment: the pocket square. [Racked]

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana