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Kempt Man of the Hour: Julian Schnabel

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Yes, we know what you're thinking: *What the hell is he doing here?* Certainly no-one in their right mind would call larger-than-life art world provocateur Julian Schnabel well dressed, but you've got to admit he's got a lot of style—inimitable and even unenviable as it might be. When he first started wearing pajamas in public we were more than a bit skeptical; but when he threw some cashmere on top we started to see the light.

He not only *owns* this look (like anyone else wanted it), but he's really making the mad genius thing work. Watch *The Diving Bell and the Butterfly* if you're not convinced; and who else could pull off a Pepto Bismol-hued practical joke like the Palazzo Chupi?

That takes arrogance, brass, and yes, style. This snap is from the other night's National Board of Review awards gala; Schnabel sported his trademark purple pajamas with white piping, worn under a tan cashmere sportcoat and a black double-breasted cashmere overcoat. Black framed sunglasses with bright yellow lenses and a pair of black and brown Vans completed the picture. Not exactly pretty, but actually pretty great.