Kempt Man of the Hour: André Benjamin
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
What won us over was his beautifully-cut cream shawl-collared dinner jacket with a subtle tone-on-tone glen plaid pattern, which could be from his Benjamin Bixby line, though it looks a little on the formal side—perhaps Ralph Lauren or Brioni is a better call—worn with Hollywood-waisted dress trousers, velvet evening slippers and a perfectly-proportioned pointed-end vintage black corduroy bowtie. His signature flourishes were apparent in the straw fedora, pearl shirt studs and a somewhat faded-looking but nonetheless brassy boutonniere.
Where variations in dinner jacketing are concerned, unless you’re Cameron Silver it’s best to stick fairly close to the classics. Even Michael Bastian couldn’t quite pull off this pink sorbet number, though we admire his moxie for trying.
UPDATE: We’ve finally heard back from the Benjamin camp, and the dinner jacket is indeed a Bixby design, custom-made for him by Oxxford, (http://www.oxxfordclothes.com/) as are the pants.
- — Jared Paul Stern
Photography by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan