Kempt Man of the Hour: Waris Ahluwalia
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
Waris Ahluwalia is much more than just the cool Indian guy in the Wes Anderson movies; he's also a jewelry designer and one of the best-dressed men in town, though people tend to focus on the turban and not his threads.
The other night a Purple magazine Fashion Week party at Paul Sevigny's crypto-swank Beatrice Inn, his favorite haunt, Waris bowled us over in a bespoke brown, green and burgundy flecked herringbone wool tweed suit with a forest green wool waistcoat and a crimson knitted wool tie: a perfectly balanced and seasonal palette that's as warming to look upon as it must be to wear.
The suit and vest were made by his tailor in Rome, while the tie is from Yves St. Laurent; not visible here are his custom-made shoes courtesy of a cobbler in Florence. In his lapel is a pin Waris designed for A.P.C., in the form of a chained wing. The symbolism escapes us, but then we're too busy trying to figure out how to wrest the name of that tailor from him.
- Jared Paul Stern