We here at BPMW thought it would be a cool idea to reach out to some of our favorite folks in the wide world of menswear to solicit some style resolutions for 2011. Instead of limiting these guys we left the door wide open – maybe they had a particular product that they were particularly stoked on or maybe they had a plan to change things up in the coming year. Regardless, there is something to learn from these guys and we’re more than happy to share.
Nick Wooster, Men’s Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus Group Services:
“1. Stop smoking.
2. Explore other pant lengths.
3. Move into a larger apartment.
4. Stop making New Year’s resolutions.”
Antonio Ciongoli, Deputy Creative Director at Michael Bastian:
“My style resolution for 2011 is to wear a coat and tie more often. I love shetland sweaters and denim as much as the next fella but I’m the most inspired by guys who can put tailored pieces together in a way that is sophisticated while still feeling casual and cool. This fall I’m really feeling unconstructed sportcoats cut in louder plaids and tweeds with Neapolitan details. Throw one on with a more understated solid knit tie in wool or cashmere and you’re on our fall ’11 tip.”
Tyler Thoreson, Head of Men’s Creative and Editorial at Gilt Groupe:
“We recently did a ‘Reply-All’ on Gilt MANual dissecting Kanye West’s evolution as a man of style, and I’d love to be able to say that I was looking forward to the arrival of his debut collection (seriously, Kanye, you’re a creative dynamo at the top of your game and you’re ready to do this!). Alas, he seems to have put away his sketchpad, so we’ll have to let his music and Twitter feed suffice for the time being. As for things that are actually going to happen, I couldn’t be more excited about the launch of Cloak designer Alexandre Plokhov’s new line, which he’ll be unveiling in Paris later this month. I had lunch with Alexandre recently, and while he had good things to say about his recent stint at Versace, his excitement over the prospect of designing under his own label again was palpable. I haven’t yet seen any pieces from the collection, but he’s a huge talent, and he’s going all out in terms of quality and craftsmanship, so I expect great things. We’ll be debuting a look from the collection on Gilt MANual this month.”
Foster Huntington, Polo Ralph Lauren, A Restless Transplant:
“Fortis watches are inexpensive, quality, German made timepieces. On eBay, an automatic military watch goes for around $400 used. I like their classic design and minimalist features that’s noticeably different from a Hamilton or other Swiss diving watches. Don’t bid against me.”
John Jannuzzi, Digital PR Manager at Starworks, Textbook
“Occasionally, if I’m in a hurry, I will throw on gym socks under my boots. Nobody can really see them between them underneath the jeans but occasionally, the bright white peaks out a little bit and somebody always comments. Other than that, I’m just going to try and take better care of my clothes in general.”
Weston Wells, Photographer
“I plan on fewer days where white canvas sneakers are my go-to shoe — although timeless in many ways, most any dress shoe or boot is far superior (clearly).
I also plan to upgrade my activewear to a pro level. For far too long I’ve been getting by with some frayed vintage wears that were a little past their prime. Although most vintage track wear is not without it’s charm, it’s important to know when to move on….
Last but not least, there is a classic pinstripe suit in my closet that is long overdue for some tailoring.”