One of my favorite books about the history of fashion is Anne Hollander's "SEX AND SUITS: The Evolution of Modern Dress". She makes a really interesting argument that menswear has long been more innovative than womenswear, and that the latter began borrowing from the boys to make their own clothing choices do what they had long done for guys: place a less shallow and frivolous spin on their sexuality - as became dominant in women's fashion in the late 18th century (think Marie Antoinette and the voluminous & ruffled pastel pastries that passed for gowns) - instead, showing off female sexuality in a more serious and interesting light.
A well-cut suit on a man conveys power and prestige and handily hides any number of crimes and misdemeanors. In the USA Network's hit TV show "Suits", Patrick J. Adams plays a college dropout on the lam from a drug deal gone bad. Blessed with a super-high IQ & photographic memory, he finagles himself a job with a hotshot legal eagle (Gabriel Macht). Ethos, pathos and an excellent arch-nemesis make for juicy entertainment, made even better thanks to the sartorial eye candy.
To celebrate its second season, "Suits" teamed up the online men's style site MRPORTER.COM on "Suits & Style", a fashion and lifestyle collaboration designed to showcase a shared philosophy about life and sophisticated aesthetic. The innovative, multi-platform integration of fashion, technology, commerce and entertainment kicks off on June 6 with a $25,000 wardrobe giveaway & tons of interesting content on the special microsite: MrPorter.com/suitsinfo.
- Lesley Scott