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Kempt Man of the Hour: Zac Posen

It’s a time-tested rule: designers have all the fun.

Take Zac Posen’s latest three-piece as your first example, spotted at the Belvedere Bloody Mary launch. It’s the kind of outsized elegance most gentlemen don’t dare attempt, but all it takes is a good tailor and a knack for details. Our favorite touch might be the shawl-collar on his waistcoat, a trick you usually see on gentleman twice his age and double his belt size. Throw in a knit tie to complete the blue-and-gray spectrum, and he’s ready for the hall of fame.

The banker’s collar isn’t exactly on-trend—but when you’re wearing this kind of getup, you’re allowed to blaze a few trails. After this, we might have to break our own out of storage.

Man of the Hour: Zac Posen

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The outfits on display at high-fashion parties are usually beyond the reach of mere mortals, but we managed to find an exception at French Vogue’s 90th Anniversary party.

Behold Zac Posen, a black velvet tux and a white silk scarf.

The tux is quite handsome, but what makes it for us is the scarf. It’s the kind of Edwardian flourish you rarely see, even on black tie occasions—see also: the top hat—and elevates a simple tux into something much more interesting.

If you decide to try this one at home, be warned: finding a suitable scarf is a whole lot easier than finding a suitable tux. In addition to a perfect fit (and peak lapels, please), you’re going to want a jacket with as little sheen as possible to let the scarf stand out. It’s harder than it looks…but that’s why it’s MOTH-wothy.

Suitably Impressed

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

As a counterpoint to the toothsome model duo we presented you with the other day, here's a well-tailored pair of gentlemen who provided a rare moment of sartorial splendor during a mostly humdrum Fashion Week.

On the left, former MOTH Zac Posen, the social butterfly fashion designer; on the right, a certain rich clown with an oversized ego and an identity crisis to match (what's is it this week? Puffy? Diddy? Poncey?) The two met up at Mr. Posen's runway show, where the designer sported an elegant ticket-pocketed tropical weight woolen number complete with boutonnière.

But those sleeves...»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Zac Posen

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Debonair designer Zac Posen has been on the verge of snagging many a MOTH before now, only to be usurped at the last moment by some slightly more splendiferous fellow. Truth be told, there were some very close calls where we ended up handing the prize to a less consistently natty rival, simply because we knew there'd never be a shortage of stylish Zac sightings. The man seems to be at every A-list event on the social calendar, and he's usually the life of the party.

More on Mr. Posen»

Carla’s Album, Shipley’s Shoes and Zac’s Runway Slip

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The Secret is Out: Our favorite singer’s latest album has a tracklist. Sadly, Nic goes unnamed. [NME]

Shoes of Destiny: Shipley and Halmos’s shoe man steps into the spotlight. [Refinery29]

High Branding: Sometimes we like to get deep and watch luxury ads. [Jezebel]

Kind of Blue: PSFK’s fashion week recap applauds colder colors that match better with their web design. [PSFK]

Zac Attack: Posen model takes a tumble. If you were married to Jack White, you’d be unstable too. [NYO]

Posable Posen, Pants Up and Diva Behavior

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Suspending Judgment: A dissenting opinion on the current popularity of braces forwarded through exemplars like Urkel. [Casanova Peasant]

A Waist of Money: Speaking of keeping your pants aloft, this belt will set you back a cool $18,000. [NYMag]

Classic Cut: 501 jeans, the collector's edition. [Retro To Go]

Imitation of Life: If you thought Zac Posen was already a little Stepford creepy… [Fashion Visa]

Cut Corners: Small-time hood Wesley Snipes breaks some lesser laws. [Manolo for the Men]

Image Maker: Valentino's new men's line will take direct inspiration from the house's founder. Shocker. [DNRNews]

Cutting Edge: At Hong Kong Fashion week the models are fully trained in the ancient arts of self defense. [Monsters and Critics]

Buyers Beware: It doesn't matter if you're a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman with millions of dollars of purchasing power, the ability to save or destroy fashion labels and a lifetime in the industry—if Beyonce needs to sit, they're making you stand. [The Observer]

A Match Made in Heaven: Rumors are swirling that the bombastic, unpredictable fashion diva Naomi Campbell and bombastic, unpredictable semi-fascist dictator Hugo Chavez are now are getting all Nic and Carla. Lovers of democracy beware. [Fashion Mag Daily]