Kempt Man of the Hour: Hamish Bowles
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
Gentlemen: After seven months of MOTHs, we're pleased to announce that one of our fellows has finally scored the first hat trick in this hotly-contested sartorial series.
Author, editor and World's Best Dressed Man contender Hamish Bowles has beat out 48 other natty candidates to be the first to put a third MOTH on his mantel. You other two-time MOTH whizzes—Alan Cumming, André Benjamin, Cameron Silver, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Michael Stipe—not to mention the rest have got some serious catching up to do, and we'll brook no slovenliness this summer no matter how high the mercury rises, is that understood?
In any case, Bowles achieved his latest triumph at a book launch for kooky Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld's *Metamorphosis of an American* at the Pace/MacGill Gallery. Over a three-piece glen plaid suit by British designer Jasper Conran and a characteristically eye-popping shirt (Arthur & Fox) and tie (Richard James) combo, he sported a wild Libertine trench coat featuring Fornasetti-style eyes.
Again, not for the faint of heart, but you don't bag three MOTHs by being the shy, retiring type, sunshine.
- Jared Paul Stern