Friday night saw one of the better parties LA’s had in quite some time: a pop-up of burlesque club The Box, on the west coast for one night only.
The man behind it, commissioned by Belvedere Red, was the magnificently bearded Simon Hammerstein—proprietor and creative director of the Box. Naturally, he brought out his best suit and his best pair of Barker Black slippers for the occasion. He even pulled off the oft-maligned French blue shirt, to the chagrin of bloggers everywhere. It’s a lesson: if you keep your clothes simple and your fabrics dark, there’s nothing scary about a more vivid shade of blue.
And given that the crowd included Jon Hamm, Andre Balazs and Lydia Hearst, coming away as the best-dressed of the night was no small feat.
Speaking of seersucker, Andre Balazs gave a pretty thorough clinic on the uses of the seersucker suit at this weekend’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.
If you’re not familiar, the Polo Classic is an annual polo exhibition that lures in celebrities, the occasional prince and a nigh unmanageable quantity of Manhattanite polo fans. And since it’s all happening on a Sunday afternoon in early June, with little to no shade…things can get a little bit warm.
So naturally, Mr. Balazs switches from his usual open-collared wool suit to an open-collared seersucker suit. (Trads will object to the loafers under a suit, but we're willing to give him a pass given the occasion.) The touch that elevates it into MOTH-hood, however, is that umbrella—in case those storm clouds showed their teeth. Stay prepared, gentlemen.
Glenn O’Brien’s Bergdorf book launch last week saw quite a bit of sharp gentlemen come out of the woodwork. This snap catches the Style Guy flanked by Andre Balazs and GQ ed-in-chief Jim Nelson—and while none of the three is exactly a slouch, we’ve got to hand this one to the man in seersucker.
He’s a little more dressed-down than the two black-clad gents to his left, but Jim Nelson is the guiding light of casual seersucker style here. The weathered jeans, skinny tie and perfectly placed tie bar play up his elfin charm, while the thin peaked lapels set his jacket apart from the more traddish models you’ll find at Brooks Brothers. He even manages to pull off the loosened tie, a move that can come off as slouchy on lesser mortals.
Here we have a topping triumvirate to be reckoned with: *haute* hotelier Andre Balazs, literary lion Tom Wolfe, and dapper designer David Chu. Wolfe is of course a style icon of long standing, but the other two are no slouches in the dressing department either. In fact it's rare to see three of the nattiest types in town across such a broad spectrum having a tête-à-tête.