Kempt Man of the Hour: Graydon Carter
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
A few months ago we appealed to *Vanity Fair* editor Graydon Carter—in an avuncular fashion—to discard the double-breasted suits which added an unflattering layer to his majestic midsection; the wrong kind of camouflage, if you will.
He has apparently taken our advice to heart.
At his magazine’s fete for the Tribeca Film Festival that he co-hosted with Bobby De Niro the other night, Carter looked positively svelte in a matte black bespoke single-breasted three-piece Savile Row suit by Anderson & Sheppard, with a white English spread-collar shirt also by A&S, and a black silk Charvet necktie.
“Hold on,” you’re probably thinking, “what about the vest? Isn’t that an extra layer?” Well, yes, but the long verticals of the jacket’s lapels and the vest’s buttons have a heightening, slimming effect, assisted by the stark arrow of the tie and the diminishing blackness of the ensemble as a whole. The Big G has omitted the normally *de rigeur* pocket square so that the verticality isn’t broken at all, and wearing the jacket open doesn’t hurt either. Pretty much perfect, overall, conveying an effortless elegance.
The little guy on the right meanwhile—Bloomsbury? Bloomsday?—looks like he stumbled in from the St. Patty’s Day parade. For God’s sake, Graydon, introduce him to your tailor.
- — Jared Paul Stern
Photography by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan