You know that line in The Nanny theme song: “She’s the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan…” Remind you of anybody? Me neither. Nevertheless, Marcel Floruss and I laughed when we saw what the other was wearing for our duo-shoot last week — in words, our outfits are very similar (tailoring and knitwear); in reality, they couldn’t be more different. Luckily for us, variety is the spice of life.
Let’s be honest for a second: This is not an errrrrday of the week outfit that I’m wearing. Unless you’re Anthony Urbano, but that’s a whole other story. For us mere mortals who are more inclined to wear navy blue and charcoal grey and white shirts and khaki pants, this one might be a bit of a stretch. But ’tis the season, and here in America they love a good novelty holiday look, so this is what I’m bringing to the table.
I’ve written about Marcel a number of times on this here blog, but if you’re just coming to the party, here are a few fun facts: He’s German, he’s 23 years old, he’s a former professional dancer, he writes the blog One Dapper Street, he dates the lovely Lisa Dengler from Just Another Fashion Blog, and he currently has 150,000 Instagram followers (so you know he’s legit). Needless to say he’s a high achiever, and it’s been particularly inspiring for me to shoot and hang out with him over the past couple of months.
But back to the matter at hand, I’ll be the first to admit that wearing this much colour can be overwhelming. I have a few go-to combos that have worked for me for a long, long time: maroon and khaki; dark blue and light blue; brown and charcoal; but those are pretty standard. For this, I figured that purple and maroon have gotta go together just based on how much they have in common on the colour scale, and I personally find the blend to be quite aesthetically pleasing. But if you wanted to try a purple jacket and not look so outré, I’d suggest buoying it with charcoal or navy or maybe even white denim.
I’m wearing: L.B.M. 1911 jacket; La Paz sweater; Kamakura shirt; Hugo Boss tie; Ermenegildo Zegna pants; and Meermin shoes.
We shot these photos right by NYU on Washington Mews — it’s this tiny little side street that houses the university’s French department, and it really is like something straight out of Europe. Special thanks to Ms. Dengler for the photos.
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