For the most part, the luxury watch world draws a stark line between classic design and the sort of mechanical wizardry you’ll find in the avant-garde horological machines on the cutting edge of watchmaking.
But the latest watch from Hermès manages to meld both quite handsomely.
The vintage versions are more intricate than what you’d see in the modern day, with large-scale prints of military landscapes or equestrian scenes, but the effect when one’s stuffed into the front pocket of your blazer is just a blur of patterned color.
Think of it as a victory lap once you’ve mastered white linen.
January’s usually an off month for glossies, which explains why this month’s crop is featherlight. Details didn’t even weigh in—thanks to December’s double-issue—but there’s still plenty to piece through, like the wisdom of Oates, blogger blue’s close-up and the rise of Parisian style.
First, Niyi Okuboyejo popped up on The Style Blogger to show off his own take on the style. It’s flashy, no doubt, but if you find yourself wearing a gray suit outside of work, it’s one of the better ways to broadcast that fact.
Flame-haired Brit model Lily Cole is the latest testament to the indisputable superiority of French *Playboy* over the *frommage*-filled American original. Her *Lolita*-like cover pose - and the 14-pg. spread inside - is inspired by style icon Serge Gainsbourg's 1971 concept album *Histoire de Melody Nelson*. In a nutshell, the plotline involves Gainsbourg plowing his vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost into a teenage nymphet's bicycle as a prelude to seduction.
That eternally classic item of military-inspired menswear, the peacoat, has been interpreted in myriad different ways and fabrics over the years since it was first adopted by European navies some 250 years ago. Leave it to Hermes, however, to blow it out of the water.
For Fall, the famed house's menswear designer Véronique Nichanian made a peacoat entirely of top-grade crocodile skin that will set you back a cool $150,000 and change, which gets our vote for the season's most extravagant men's item. The Hermes flagship on the Upper East Side just got in two of them, we're told, in classic navy. You might be able to special order it another color—safety orange, say—if you're willing to wait a few months and further decimate the crocodile population.
Frankly, we can see multiple-MOTH Cameron Silver sporting one of these for a sojourn on Valentino's yacht or somesuch, but ordinary mortals will probably want to stick with the $120 version they sell at The Gap.
Hail to the Thief: New York has its own brand of criminal sartorialists. [NYMag]
French Lessons: Hermès menswear designer, Varonique Nichanian, gives tips on Gallic style. [Huffington Post]
Cuff Links: The moment waxes philosophic about high-water jeans. [The Moment]
Thin Premise: Honey-blond, blue-eyed men's fashion blogger Amanda Brooks arrives late to last year's obsession with skinny ties. We, meanwhile, have returned to full-sized neckwear in fear of inspiring a return of the bolo. [Men's Vogue]
Jennifer Lopez to Produce Scents for Men: Be afraid. Be very afraid. [1224 Style]
In our first five months of MOTHs we've witnessed some significant sartorial transformations—see Hanks, Tom—but none so dramatic as today's honoree, Terry Richardson, the photographer who's pioneered a sort of *nouveau*-perv aesthetic. Richardson, son of famed fashion photographer Bob Richardson, lensed fellow MOTH Tom Ford's controversial new ad campaign. Richardson has long favored a uniform of grungey plaid flannel shirts, thermal underwear and well-worn tees.
The restaurants bearing the Mr. Chow moniker are known as much for their *haute-chinois* cuisine and glittering clientele as their sophisticated, understated elegance. Small wonder then that the real Mr. Chow embodies the latter perfectly.
We've never had the pleasure of dining at the original London location, opened in 1968, but the super-stylish New York outpost on E. 57th St. is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. The man behind it all, Michael Chow, is also an actor of note and an art collector *extraordinaire* whose portrait has been painted by David Hockney and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others.
Look sharp, men, the competition is heating up—we have our second repeat MOTH on the heels of Daniel Day-Lewis' landmark victory last week. The first time around, dandified Los Angeles-based vintage clothing mogul Cameron Silver caught our attention with a green velvet Gucci suit and custom croc loafers. At the Art of Elysium benefit gala in L.A. the other night he went one better in a custom-made toile dinner jacket that blew the lid off the staid black tie crowd.