Lucas Ossendrijver on mismatched suits and alot more
Jul 23, 2008 17:32
Lanvin’s inventive men’s designer on the merits of sneakers, the
tackiness of logos, and why you should invest in a mismatched suit.
You shouldn’t adapt to what people expect you to
wear—you should make your clothes your own. For me what’s interesting
is to wear the jackets and pants of suits separately.
I think it’s distasteful when people buy clothes with logos or brag
about what they spend on their clothes. Luxury should be something
3. Jewelry is very difficult for men, but they can go a
little more extreme with shoes and bags. Wear trainers with a suit and
the look completely changes.
4. I think clothes are more elegant when they’re
nonchalant. You can wear something quite sophisticated but not look too
5. Friday-wear is very typically American. You have this
office uniform, and then suddenly it’s the weekend and it’s the
opposite. I think it’s better to mix the two and make officewear a
little less formal and Friday-wear a little less casual.
6. When I was younger I used to wear a lot of T-shirts,
but now I wear more and more button-down shirts. I think it’s actually
very cool to just have a lot of really great shirts in a very good
7. It’s important that clothes be light when you’re
layering. It’s very nice if you wear three jackets instead of one—but
not three suit jackets. I mean a shirt and a shirt jacket and another
jacket made out of very light fabric. There’s a richness to that look.
8. A lot of men are very insecure when it comes to
dressing. They ask themselves every morning, “What am I going to wear?
Is it the right thing? Does it match?” Once they find something they
stick to it, and I think that’s a shame. I think men should make a bit
more of an effort. They should see clothing not as something necessary
but as something fun.
9. There’s something modern about dressing up—wearing a
shirt and a tie—but in a lighter way. We made ties that were just
strips of fabric-—sometimes in the same fabric as the shirt. It’s a new
way to wear a tie.
10. I don’t really like wallets. I prefer that you carry
your money in your pocket or put everything in a bag and carry it
there. Just keep it simple.
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