(photo credit: The Sartorialist)
*Sigh*… I adore this outfit. It’s from the Sartorialist blog and was taken in London.
Everything about is so coolly individual – the bow tie, the brogue shoes, the stripey socks, the stripey dress that would ordinarily be rather ugly on its own but looks inspired paired with the other items.
Imagine if someone wore this fantastic outfit in the Caribbean. Individualism in fashion is not really celebrated. Being ‘in style’ is celebrated but having a unique personal style is often derided.
I must say one interesting exception to this is the dancehall culture in Jamaica where the stars be they dancers or performers are aggressively individualistic and flamboyant about their style.
And I happen to love that. When you see Elephant Man you might think he looks a damn fool with his two-toned hair and crazy outfits (I saw a vid of him performing in New York in a pirate’s outfit – with an inflatable parrot on his shoulder and all!) but you know what – he isn’t blending in. And he’s an artist, a performer – he’s supposed to stand out and look a little different and crazier than regular folk. He’s not supposed to look like every other person that is at the fete, nor is he supposed to look like he’s going to an office, he’s supposed to capture your attention.
Doesn’t that capture your attention?