This week's featured outfit: black chinos, wool overcoat, and the Greats Royale "Black Friday." I built this look around the monochrome contrast within the shoes, keeping my shirt as simple as possible to highlight their features. Then, I chose cotton chinos over jeans to play up the luxury connotation of the shoes' black-white-cream colorway. Finally, I threw on a wool overcoat (in this case, a charcoal grey Lands' End duffel) to better balance the outfit's proportions. It's hard to stand north of six feet without owning extended-length everything. 

Lands' End / Uniqlo / Uniqlo / Greats 

Lands' End / Uniqlo / Uniqlo / Greats 

Long story short, I accidentally dressed like a James Blake album cover. And I'm damn proud of it.

To a whole generation of #internetfashion dweebs, James Blake is one inspirational dude. He may not have the style-cetric stage presence of anyone prefixed A$AP, but his music helped popularize the electro-alternative sound that now burns white hot in many of the same "culture" circles that fashion forums orbit. In my mind, music, fashion, and art are three slices of a congruent whole; an interlocked triumvirate, each part symbiotically necessary to create a complete aesthetic experience. 

Greats Royale "Black Friday" detail

Greats Royale "Black Friday" detail

It's the same reason why fashion shows play music rather than a talk track bleating "Look! Clothes!" - it's also, more relevantly, why Blake's music is in an inextricable feature of the same cultural loop as fashion brands like adidas Originals, TopShop, and Alexander Wang.    

James Blake, if you're reading this: "Take A Fall for Me" singlehandedly reignited my love for music. I still get chills hearing it in Hi-Fi.

Lands' End / Uniqlo / Uniqlo / Greats

Lands' End / Uniqlo / Uniqlo / Greats

Also, good call on the whole "stare wistfully in overcoats" thing. I have not yet gathered enough wist to be full enough for the intended effect, but the look is A+ regardless. While it may take me an album release or two to really nail the vibe, considering how often I YouTube "Retrograde" when walking through fog, I like to think there's potential. Until then, however, accidental album cover will have to do.  

 

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