We wouldn’t endorse all the different elements of carnie style circa 1941, but we’ll go to bat for this gentleman, both for a perfectly utilitarian use of suspenders and pulling off a pith-y hat without looking like, well, a carnie. His pelican is duly impressed.
There are pretty faces, there are honest faces, and then there are downright fascinating faces. Carnival workers, as a rule, tend to have the third kind.
This one comes courtesy of Matt Hoyle’s Barnumville phootography project, and while we wouldn’t advocate donning the tophat and neck ribbon just yet, it’s a good example of what a guy can pull off when he’s fully committed—and he’s got the face for it.
In an interesting development, yesterday’s Thom Browne show eschewed the usual “military” and “post-apocalyptic rock star” themes so popular these days in favor of a carnival vibe, complete with a feathery ringmaster to introduce the show.