You could never refer to yourself as a style icon. But if someone else gives you the title, it’s alright to pass it on, right?

Seriously, I was highly flattered to be asked to appear in the latest issue of PEN magazine, which I am told by those who travel more than I do is one of the best-respected menswear magazines in the country, particularly concerning craft. The feature was on style icons from London, New York, Paris and Milan, and I’m pleased to say one of the others in the article was the very stylish Nick Wooster, ex-men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
As per usual there are several things I should have pushed the stylist on, like making sure the cardigan wasn’t off centre in the top image, not popping the collar in the larger image below and not posing me so awkwardly in the DB suit. But overall I was pleased. I think the Anderson & Sheppard suit in particular demonstrates the advantages of a drape cut – you can see the shape it gives to the chest.
Top image: Suit by Choppin & Lodge, shirt by Kiton, cardigan by Cifonelli, handkerchief by Simonnot Godard and shoes by Berluti.
Bottom, larger image: Jacket by Cifonelli, sweater by Trunk, silk scarf by Hermes, trousers by Incotex and shoes by Edward Green.
Bottom smaller image: Suit by Anderson & Sheppard, shirt by Turnbull & Asser, tie by Isaia, handkerchief by Rubinacci and shoes by Cleverley.
Accessories, from top: Lock & Co fedora, Berluti wallet and vintage crocodile card case, Permanent Style cufflinks, Alfred Dunhill doctor’s case.
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l33tminion

> like making sure the cardigan wasn’t off centre in the top image, not popping the collar in the larger image below and not posing me so awkwardly in the DB suit.

I think the jacket collar is great, and the off-center cardigan looks intentional on the part of the photographer. It’s an outdoor shot, the season is fall, I’d expect it was intended to look a little “in motion”.

Anonymous

Congratulations, Simon!

Anonymous

You’ve earned it! Keep the good work up! /anon

Miles Lang

Brilliant!

Gentleman's Gazette

Congratulations!

adabeie

That’s awesome! Sometimes you’ve just got to give the stylist what they want.. truly, it’s not as if any of those shots come off badly, and they certainly showcase the pieces and your overall style nicely. Are the outfits all yours or did the magazine provide them? I would take such attention from a Japanese magazine as a huge compliment, since it is a fastidiously detail-concerned culture, and fashion (or style, I should say) is no exception.

Rob Winch

Good onya Simon

Love the photo with the collar of your jacket
turned up ~ shows the suede that matches the jacket
pocket flap.

Success
Rob

Anonymous

“like making sure the cardigan wasn’t off centre in the top image”

“Precision in dress is the refuge of the insecure.” [from: http://drakes-london.tumblr.com/post/30924507418/aesthetic-maxims ]

As you yourself have taught us many times Simon, the Italian tradition considers it more stylish to have something either not matching or a touch imperfect, to retain nonchalance. I think there is a great deal of truth in this.

Congratulations on the photographs – you look splendid! The middle one with Cifonelli jacket in particular oozes cool. The popped collar is very rakish. Please, more photographs of you dressed casually/articles on the subject. It seems as though you’re just as good at this as you are at formal dressing.