As style bloggers never fail to point out, black is a remarkably hard color for guys to pull off—so it’s worth calling attention to what it looks like when it’s done right. Naturally, the gentleman in question is a pro…
More specifically, the gentleman in question is Joe Zee, creative director of Elle—found here at WWD’s 100th Anniversary bash—and he manages the difficult trick through some high-level color mixing. Between his pants, shirt and jacket, we count four impeccably balanced colors. With this much going on, nobody’s going to mistake him for a butler or a funeral goer, and the black jacket becomes just another piece of the puzzle.
Make no mistake: It’s high-wire act. A slightly darker shade of gray, a slightly creamier collar or even a slightly paler skin tone and the whole thing tumbles down into mismatched disarray. But pull it off, and you will have slayed the giant dragon of menswear.
Ever since Hart Schaffner Marx filed for Chapter 11, we’ve been waiting to hear what’s in store for subsidiary marques like hickey and Hickey Freeman. And while we wouldn’t advise giving up your stockpile of pot-logo’d polos just yet, we’re detecting a noticeable light at the end of the tunnel.
The latest report from WWD details the three main bidders for HSM, and their various priorities. It’s a safe bet that one of the private equity firms will come down with ownership, but the question is whether they’ll decide hickey’s worth more dead than alive. Naturally, we prefer the latter.
Keep your fingers crossed.
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