More of Akira Sorimachi’s hand drawn illustrations in GQ Japan
These harken back to a day and age where menswear editorials did not always have ready access to photo imaging.
The advantageous flip-side of this is that I can imagineinspiration for my holidaying outfits rather than being blasted in the face with blatant product placement for ‘12 brands you must go out and buy lest you die alone’.
That being said I imagine my ultimate tropical vacation outfit - as portrayed using Sorimachi’s artistry - consisting of the following:
Texture, designer DNA & Ermenegildo Zegna
I’ll be damned, but just when I thought GQ Japan couldn’t be cooler they go and win me over to particular styles that I’d long sworn off as unattractive. In the above panel we see (styled by GQ Japan’s Shingo Fukuyama) a 2 x 1 double breasted rig in flecked khaki paired with printed trousers in the darkest beige.
It takes real balls to rock a rig like this, and while some people may intimate that “its just clothes”, in order to execute a texturally complex outfit successfully a certain expertise with color is always essential. I particularly love the fact that Stefano Pilati (CD for Zegna) has so clearly diffused his personal style into the brand’s offerings. The subject of numerous iconic street style photos, its clear that in the summer this is most definitely the kind of rig Pilati himself would endorse. Obviously, this outfit was styled by the Japanese menswear set but the individual items evoke languid slightly dandyish trappings that Pilati has always employed to devastating effect.
Despite even the notch lapels on the DB jacket I’d be more than enthusiastic to give this outfit a whirl. Its just a shame such inspiration might not be as relevant in Australia now, given the fact that we’re entering the winter period.
Milan streets, One of my favorite shot’s for British GQ
Printed in Macclesfield, England.
Once again, nicely done, Wale.
Isaia @ Pitti Uomo 86°
There are fine leather goods…and then there are Ortus leather goods, like this beautiful black portfolio snapped up by a client as soon as it was available.